Regional Fish and Wildlife chief charged with poaching in Ferry County

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REPUBLIC — The man who directs Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife teams in North Central Washington is accused of poaching big game.

Brock Hoenes, 42, was appointed director of Fish and Wildlife’s north central region last July, after 13 years with the agency. Ferry County prosecutors say around Nov. 13, Hoenes illegally killed an animal in their jurisdiction.

The charge was filed Dec. 20; it does not specify what type of animal or what hunting method was involved. Hoenes told the Spokane Spokesman-Review he made a mistake, and reported the incident himself to authorities.

The poaching charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Hoenes’s office is based in Ephrata. He oversees Fish and Wildlife operations in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Adams counties. He faces his first court hearing Feb. 4.