Roadblock2The Arizona Game and Fish Department held a wildlife roadblock in the Kaibab National Forest in Game Management Unit 10 on Sunday.  Of the 150 vehicles to pass through the roadblock, 74 vehicles contained occupants who had been hunting or possessed wildlife. “We’re pleased to report that none of the contacts involved wildlife-related violations,” said Zen Mocarski, information and education program manager for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman. Mocarski said there was one citation issued for an OHV violation and another for marijuana possession. “While citations would have been issued if a wildlife violation had been detected, the compliance level was great to see,” Mocarski said. “We had a lot of contacts with the public and that’s an important factor in an effort such as this. “Those hunting legally want to have their licenses checked and they want to see law enforcement in the field.” The timing of the roadblock coincided with the opening weekend of the cow elk hunt. Officers were checking for compliance with wildlife regulations. They were checking for evidence of legality, a current hunting license, the proper tag, and that tags were properly affixed to the animal. Mocarski said few hunters passing through the checkpoint experienced much of a delay. “Some of the stops were less than two minutes and the overall average was probably less than four minutes,” Mocarski said. “Some of the stops lasted longer simply because those coming through wanted to share their experiences in the field, not because of the roadblock itself.”

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