Mariposa & Yosemite

Three Southern California men suspected of poaching deer in Yosemite

Three people accused of poaching deer in Yosemite National Park are scheduled to appear in federal court within the next few weeks, park officials said Tuesday.

San Bernardino County residents Chad Gierlich, Chris Gierlich and Kyle Narasky allegedly poached multiple trophy-sized deer within park boundraries, park officials said. An investigation revealed a "complex, concerted effort" by the men to illegally hunt within the park and kill trophy-size bucks, according to a Yosemite press release. Search warrants resulted in the seizure of items such as bows and arrows, GPS devices, and mounted kills.

A search of registered voters shows Christopher Gierlich living in Fontana and Kyle Narasky in Apple Valley.

The investigation was conducted by Yosemite Rangers, with help from Pacific West Region special agents and wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game. The men face multiple federal and state charges.