National Geographic focuses on poaching in Nevada County |

National Geographic focuses on poaching in Nevada County

Kyle Magin
Sun News Service

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. and#8212; National Geographic’s cameras got a close-up view of Nevada County for a slate of TV episodes set to debut next week.

California Fish and Game wardens took crews along as they chased down a suspected deer poacher last December for a new show titled and#8220;Wild Justice.and#8221;

and#8220;We’re thrilled about this show,and#8221; said Patrick Foy, a Fish and Game warden based in Sacramento. and#8220;For too long, people have thought we’re just out there checking for fishing licenses. We’re very involved in threats to public safety.and#8221;

In a clip from an episode posted on National Geographic’s website, Foy and fellow warden Jerry Karnow search the Olivehurst home of Christopher Speaker, a man arrested in December in connection with several suspected deer poachings in Alta Sierra.

and#8220;Where (Speaker) was shooting for target practice backed up against a fence with an elementary school,and#8221; Foy said. and#8220;There were all sorts of safety issues.and#8221;

Arrows allegedly belonging to Speaker were found embedded in the side of a home in Alta Sierra, where he was allegedly shooting deer from his pickup truck, Fish and Game officials said.

Crews accompanied game wardens across California for the show, which is set to premier at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28.

It follows wardens as they cross paths with poachers, illegal marijuana growers and other suspected criminals.

Cameras came to Nevada County multiple times to follow Karnow and crew, Foy said.

The show was shot by Los Angeles-based Original Productions, the same company that shoots the immensely popular Discovery Channel series and#8220;Deadliest Catchand#8221; following crab fishermen in Alaska.

and#8220;As the only line of defense in these sparsely populated and often deadly places, this small group of law enforcement officers are constantly in pursuit of poachers, polluters and illegal marijuana growers and#8212; while still making sure hunters and anglers follow the rules,and#8221; according to a National Geographic press release.

It isn’t yet clear when the episode featuring Nevada County will run, Foy said. Visit to view a clip.

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