Indiana DNR Officers’ Day Leads to Meth Arrest, Hawk Rescue


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Knox, IN – A seemingly standard Sunday patrol for Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement took an unexpected turn. 

Officers Carter and Mitchell apprehended a suspect for methamphetamine use during an alleged poaching attempt. The incident concluded with the compassionate rescue of a young hawk entangled in landscaping netting by a pond. The officers managed to safely retrieve the bird from the water and ensure its return to the wild.

According to the Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement, the dramatic events highlight both the dangers of illegal substance abuse in natural reserves and the threats to wildlife from man-made hazards. The rescued hawk was dried off and released, a small victory in the continuous effort to protect Indiana’s wildlife. 

The suspect faces charges related to methamphetamine possession and the ongoing investigation into the poaching allegations.


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