Two county residents convicted of violating state wildlife laws

Published 6:51 pm Friday, October 30, 2009

Dusty Casselman, 37, of Georgiana, was convicted in Butler County district court in September for illegally transporting and selling feral swine, according to a statement released by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Wednesday.

Officers with the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division began an investigation of Casselman after receiving complaints from a citizen of illegal hunting activities, said the conservation office.

The release stated that in addition to the feral swine charges, Casselman was also convicted of hunting on the lands of another without permission, hunting without a license and failure to wear hunter orange, and was videotaped entering private property to hunt deer without a permit.

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District Judge McDonald Russell ordered Casselman to pay $3,244 in fines and court costs and Casselman also received a 180 day suspended jail sentence, one year of unsupervised probation and a two-year suspension of his hunting privileges.

Casselman was trapping feral swine from the wild and selling them for release into the wild for hunting purposes, said the conservation office. Alabama regulation has prohibited the release of feral swine into any area of the state since 1997, except onto the property from which they were originally taken.

In an unrelated case, June Woodruff, 52, of Greenville was convicted for illegally selling venison from her deer processing facilities located in Georgiana and Montgomery.

Conservation officers arrested Woodruff after an investigation into her processing businesses.

According to the conservation office, the investigation revealed the businesses were operating similar to a grocery store where customers could purchase various cuts of meat including ground venison and sausage.

State law prohibits the sale or purchase of game animals, or parts thereof, including the meat.

Woodruff pleaded guilty to two counts of selling game animals on June 23, 2009, and was ordered to pay $678 by Russell.