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Natural Resources Police Charge Two With Poaching

GEORGETOWN, MD (December 29, 2009) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Eric Nickolo Ellis, 20, of Massey, Maryland and Danny Melvin Frazer, 20, of Galena, Maryland on December 26, with criminal trespass, failure to wear fluorescent orange, hunting on private land without written permission and hunting deer during closed season. In addition, Ellis was charged with hunting without a license and Frazer was charged with hunting without a license in possession.

An NRP officer responded to a farm in southern Cecil County after being notified by a hunter that had confronted two people he had observed illegally hunting on the property. The hunter reported that the two poachers fled towards Route 213 where they were eventually stopped. The two subjects had a .22 rim fire rifle in their possession, which is illegal for deer hunting in Maryland.

Natural Resources Law requires a hunter to obtain written permission from a landowner before hunting on that land and possess a valid hunting license. It also requires that a hunter wear orange during deer season and harvest deer with a device legal for the season in question.

Ellis and Frazer were released on their signatures and are scheduled to appear in the District Court for Cecil County on March 19, 2010 at 1pm.

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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