Wildlife Crime Spotlight
Kansas Natural Resource officers are asking for help from the public in solving the following wildlife crime. Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity, or has information about this case, is asked to contact Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843 or fill out the OGT Report Form.
We need concerned citizens like you to report poachers, vandals, thieves and other criminals who have no regard for the natural and recreational resources of the state which belong to every member of the public.
On April 24, 2011 a Natural Resource Officer was advised that there was an electric transformer in Cedar Creek below Hwy 105 just north of the City of Toronto in the Toronto Wildlife Area.
On May 10, 2011 the Officer received information that another transformer was found in the creek. After inspecting the shallow creek by kayak, the Officer found 4 more transformers that had been dumped into the water. Multiple agencies assisted in the removal of this hazardous debris.
All of the transformers have been opened and the copper coils inside removed. Theft of copper is the likely reason for this incident. Most of the transformers appear to be consistent with the type found at rural homes or oil field leases.
After the incidents KDHE advised that the transformer had some Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) residue. PCB’s are known to cause major health concerns when exposure occurs at high levels. The Transformers appeared to have been emptied at another location.
If you have information about these or any other wildlife crimes please call Operation Game Thief toll free at 1-877-426-3843.