ECOs Hunt and Catch Livonia Poacher Who Killed 3 Bucks

An ECO stands with three deer crowns and a deer head. (Photo courtesy of the Livingston County District Attorney's Office)

An ECO stands with three deer crowns and a deer head. (Photo courtesy of the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office)

LIVONIA – A Conesus man pled guilty to illegally killing three deer and illegally using deer tags over several months of the hunting season.

According to a press release from Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey, Matthew Feil, 33, admitted to illegally killing three bucks, illegally possessing deer tags from other hunters, improperly co-signing deer tags, improperly tagging deer, failing to tag deer, and illegally using a Big Game season buck tag on a bow-killed deer.

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“The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office will continue to work with DEC ECOs to prosecute all deer poaching and environmental crimes in Livingston County,” said the DA’s Office in the release.

The investigation by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) began Dec. 4, 2016. After a month of interviews and collecting evidence, ECOs and the DA’s Office identified multiple environmental crimes committed by Feil dating as far back as Oct. 2, 2016.

Feil paid $5,540 in poaching fines and surcharges on Thursday afternoon in Town of Livonia Court.

The DA’s Office and DEC ask members of the public who believe they have witnessed an environmental crime or believe a violation of environmental law occurred to call DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).