The Missouri Department of Conservation recognized the KCPD Mounted Patrol Section for their assistance in managed deer hunts in Swope Park.
Yesterday, the Conservation Department thanked the officers for their help monitoring managed archery hunts in 2010 and 2011 and apprehending a poacher. The Mounted Patrol’s stables are located in Swope Park and serve as a check-in station for the archery deer hunt, which this year runs from Nov. 7 to Dec. 31. So far in 2011, 27 deer have been checked in at the stables.
“Your amazing cooperation has taken a huge load off us,” Urban Wildlife Biologist Joe DeBold of the Missouri Department of Conservation told the Mounted Patrol officers.
DeBold also presented the officers with the mounted rack of a deer that was poached in Swope Park during October 2010. Two Mounted Patrol officers apprehended the suspect, who shot the deer with a bow while trespassing and when hunting was not allowed. The suspect was cited and prosecuted and had to forfeit the eight-point buck.
KCPD’s Mounted Patrol officers and the members of the Missouri Department of Conservation plan to continue their close working relationship in Swope Park and throughout Kansas City.