State and federal wildlife officials in Georgia announced an undercover operation that involved about 80 wildlife violators and about 980 violations.
Some suspects in this case could also face federal charges.
The four-year investigation targeted poachers in North Carolina and Georgia.
In Georgia, eight defendants are facing a total of 136 state charges.
Officers infiltrated poaching circles to document violations including bear baiting, illegal take of bears, deer and other wildlife.
Officers began making arrests Tuesday, Feb. 19.
This investigation will help safeguard wildlife by making poachers pay now, and making would-be violators think twice before breaking laws that conserve natural resources, according to Col. Eddie Henderson, chief of the Wildlife Resources Division's Law Enforcement Section.
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