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Natural Resources Police Charge Two With Poaching

WHITE MARSH, MD (December 29, 2009) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Raymond Louis Biensach Jr., 38, of Essex, Md. on December 23, with hunting without a license in possession, hunting without written permission, and possession of a deer during closed season. In addition, Cody Lee Blakely, 19, of Street, Md. was charged with hunting without written permission, and possession of a deer during closed season.

The two were apprehended after NRP officers responded to Loreley Beach Road for a poaching complaint. The officers stopped the both men after observing them attempting to leave the area in possession of a deer while carrying shotguns, which are prohibited for deer hunting this time of year.

While hunting, a person must possess a hunting license with certain exceptions. They must also possess written permission from the landowner while hunting on private lands and harvest deer only with a weapon appropriate for the hunting season in question.

Biensach and Blakely were released on their signatures pending a court date to be set by the Baltimore County District Court.

Note: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to the Maryland Natural Resources Police as “NRP.” Thank you.

   December 29, 2009

Contact: Cpl. Steven P. Stauffer
410-260-8888 office | 410-241-7981 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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