Federal probe into possible East Texas ties to hunting violations

Center, TX (KTRE) - No charges have been filed.  That's the word Tuesday from the U.S. Attorney's office in Wichita, Kansas into alleged hunting violations that could stretch from Kansas to Texas.

Beyond that, public information officer James Cross told East Texas News they could not comment on an active investigation. However, KTRE spoke with Steven Godfrey, a Nacogdoches taxidermist, who confirmed federal and state game wardens had investigated his business for several hours.

Godfrey said the wardens found no wrongdoing with him, his business or his customers, but told him they were in East Texas investigating possible violations of the Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in wildlife that have been illegally taken, possessed, transported or sold.

It is still unclear how that relates to this case, but we do know that federal investigators confiscated several mounts from Wulf Outdoor Sports in Center.  KTRE spoke with the store's general manager, Deuce Wulf, who wanted to set the record straight and make it clear that his business is not under investigation.

"We are not a party to or a target of any investigation federal or Texas Parks and Wildlife. We refuse to comment on anything regarding our customers, that's in any situation, not just this one," Wulf said.

There are still many unanswered questions about this on-going federal investigation.  When pressed for further comment on the matter, a spokesman with Texas Parks and Wildlife said a federal office was investigating possible hunting violations before referring further comment to the Kansas U.S. Attorney General's office.

We will have any new developments as we get them on KTRE and KTRE.com.