UPDATE: 05/29/2019 https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/05/28/159-murdered-birds-heres-how-wildlife-crime-sleuths-solved-one-of-californias-most-baffling-poaching-cases/
04/12/2019 Richard Parker convicted. He pled guilty. He was charged with 88 counts of poaching. "All but five counts were dismissed Thursday with what’s known as a “Harvey waiver,” a legal term allowing a judge to consider dismissed charges at sentencing."
"Richard Parker, 68, of Standish pled guilty to crimes associated with poaching in excess of 150 raptors and other wildlife on his rural Lassen County property. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given a $75,000 fine and five years of probation. Probation terms include full search authority, prohibitions on possessing firearms, hunting and fishing, and a requirement to obey all laws. The two firearms used during the commission of the crimes were ordered destroyed by the court."
From court records. There are now three cases against him. Here is most recent.
CASE DETAILS FOR: CF036680-2
CASE TITLE: PEOPLE VS. PARKER, RICHARD E
CASE DESCRIPTION: RESTITUTION TO VICTIM
FILING DATE: 04/11/2019
PARKER, RICHARD EARL
This is for the original cases.
TRIAL SETTING CONFERENCE/DISPO CONTINUED
PLED GUILTY, WAIVED TIME, SENTENCED
STATUS OF RESTITUTION PAYMENTS ***ESTABLISH AR***
03/29/2019 Richard Parker is represented by Eugene B. Chittock Law Offices. Next hearing is trial setting conference/disposed continued 04/11/2019 at 1:00 p.m. It will probably be continued.
02/18/19 "Richard Earl Parker, 68, entered his plea Feb. 4 at his arraignment in Lassen County Superior Court in Susanville. He faces 86 misdemeanor counts: one for each of the hawks, owls and other birds state game wardens have accused him of shooting on his property.
He faces two additional counts, one for allegedly killing or possessing bobcat carcasses without proper hunting permits and one for illegally possessing a mountain lion carcass." Next hearing is March 2019.
County court records.
CASE DETAILS FOR: CF036680
CASE TITLE: PEOPLE VS. PARKER, RICHARD EARL
CASE DESCRIPTION: FISH & GAME REGULATIONS VIEW CHARGES
FILING DATE: 01/17/2019
PARKER, RICHARD EARL
EUGENE B. CHITTOCK LAW OFFICES
ARRAIGNMENT-DEPT 2: MANDATORY APPEARANCE
PLED NOT GUILTY;SET FOR TSC
TRIAL SETTING CONFERENCE
COMPLAINT FILED (AG'S OFFICE/D. BECK)
AG'S LETTER TO APPEAR IN COURT
MEMO TO DA RE: DOJ FORMS NEED CII # & BOOKING INFO
O/R AGREEMENT FILED
FIREARM RELINQUISHMENT FORM
09/11/2018 A guy in Australia poisoned over 100 wedged tailed eagles Australia's largest bird of prey.
05/07/2018 Fish & Wildlife has stated that it will take some times to complete their investigation before they can get the DA to file charges.
04/16/2018 Richard Parker may have been baiting the raptors. Luring in the birds then shooting them dead. This story just gets worse! Parker was a member of Pheasants Forever. He was a bird hunter.
"Some Lassen County residents have called the paper to report Parker allegedly had been baiting the raptors in order to protect a pheasant hunting club on his ranch."
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife continues its investigation. They will submit their case to the DA when their investigation is complete.
04/03/2018 Richard Parker may be the biggest poacher in modern US history. The largest previous poaching case was 150 deer taken by 11 men. If Richard Parker killed these all by himself which I believe he did, he would be the biggest individual poacher in the US. Deer are able to be hunted with certain permits during certain times. Hawks are never allowed to be hunted.
03/21/2018 Richard Parker is no longer a member of Ducks Unlimited.
"He is not a member of Ducks Unlimited here in Susanville. I have been chairman and vice chairman for the the last 13 years. I am currently District chairman for region 1. I have not seen him at any other events in Northeastern Calif. He may purchase a membership online, which we have no control."
Richard Parker is no longer the head of the Chamber of Commerce for Lassen County.
03/20/2018 I've been getting some threatening DMs, emails and posts from people in Susanville and Lassen County. First they state that everyone in Lassen County isn't a redneck criminal. I never stated they were. Then they call me nasty names with bad spelling and threaten to physically harm me and wish me dead. Then they call me a "libtard" "democrap" stating they don't need laws and regulations telling them what to do. One a female truck driver said that people in Lassen County hate regulations, laws and people telling them what to do. She said that is "what ruined Lassen County." Yes, because Lassen county wanted to cut down all the trees, mine all the minerals and put mine waste in the waterways and kill all the animals for sport. That is what harmed Lassen County. That is what allowed Richard Parker to kill 135 protected birds and other animals for fun. Richard Parker just left the dead animals all over his place just like a pigeon shooting contest. Richard Parker's wife and son saw all those dead animals laying around and thought it was perfectly fine.
03/18/2018 I saw this in a California hunting group. Even the hunters were totally against what he did. They said he should be charged with a felony so he can't have a gun. "I was at a F and W meeting on the evening of 3/14/2018 and heard from a warden that the guy thought he was helping the quail and game bird population."
03/16/2018 Richard Parker is VERY well connected in this tiny town. I called the police to get his booking number and they stated it wasn't public information. Yes, it is public information. I told them I had his booking photo, above. They said the booking photo was not public. They said they didn't provide it. Then where did it come from? Fish and Wildlife? The clerk was very snotty on the phone refusing to release any information at all. I called the DA and got the same run around. I bet the DA will refuse to press charges. Maybe they'll even try to negotiate a pre-filing diversion program. If someone had reported the poaching to police, nothing would have happened. In fact someone may have reported it to the police and they did nothing. Thankfully the person reported it to Fish and Wildlife which are state and federal.
CLARIFICATION: When I said below that half the population of Susanville is incarcerated I obviously didn't mean that half of the population living in Susanville committed crimes in Susanville and ended up in the prisons in Susanville. Most of the people incarcerated there come from different parts of the state or other states. The prisons just happened to be located in Susanville because the city, county wanted them built there for economic reasons.
Half the population of this town is in prison. It was originally a mining, logging and farming town until they they agreed to have the prisons built there because they had no people, money or jobs due to mining and logging regulations. Half of the unincarcerated adult population in Susanville work for the prisons. Susanville is the county seat of Lassen county. Parker's family has been here for years and years and are deeply involved in politics.
Finally got the booking number 20180237.
ORIGINAL: Richard Earl Parker was born 21 MAY 1950 in Lassen, California and lives at 473 Wistos Ln 125, Standish, CA, 96128, APN 119-020-72, Lassen County, California, phone 530 257-8586. That property is actually in Susanville. It's 78 acres so it matches the report. It's 3 beds, 4 bath ranch built in 1996 when he bought it for $202,000. He owns it with his current wife Tonya Roxanne Reddoch Parker. They refinanced all the equity out of the property and owe about $400,000. The Susan river runs through his property. His nickname is "Dick." Suits him.
He graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Criminal Law in 1973. He graduated from Lassen High School in Susanville in 1968. He was on the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 15 years, Lassen County Hospital Board of Directors as Vice President for 22 years, Ducks Unlimited Committee co-chair for ten years. He is married to Tonya Roxanne Reddoch Parker and has a kid named Anthony born in 1992. His ex-wife was Marian D St Peter. They divorced in 1979 with two children, Juliah and Richard. His father was Charles "Charlie" Parker 1921-2005. His mother is Frances W Cannon Parker born 1922. His siblings are Robbin and Charlene. His dad was also well connected. I'm sure Richard will use that to try to get a lighter sentence. Here is his resume.
Ducks Unlimited states they are a "conservation" group that wants to "conserve game birds." What they really do is shoot game birds. Their email is email@example.com. In March they had a pigeon shoot fundraiser where they shot, maimed and killed 2,000 wild pigeons which they trapped. The pigeons they shoot dead are the lucky ones. They leave the injured birds on the ground to slowly die. They do this every year even though the Governor stated that it's animal cruelty. Richard Parker stated he was the co-chair of Ducks Unlimited in his resume.
This March animal rescuers went and rescued the dying and maimed birds left on the ground. They euth'd the dying and nursed the others back to health. Below is a photo from Duck's Unlimited pigeon shoot. It looks like Richard Parker's yard with dead birds and spent shells everywhere.
Based on evidence it appears he shot and killed the birds and bobcats because they were killing the ducks he wanted to shoot. If you look at the images of his property down below you can see tire tracks going to the river from his house. He appears to have made a partial damn in the river which runs through his property. He previously said he wanted ponds on his property to attract ducks. He admitted he is a water fowl hunter who was trying to attract ducks to his land.
He previously sold insurance in Susanville, California at 2213 Main St, Susanville, CA 96130, Phone number (530) 257-7526 in 2015 selling insurance at "Richard E Parker Insurance."
He had a website which he shut down. This is from that website. http://web.archive.org/web/20070224000449/http://www.iib.bz:80/
"Integrated Insurance Broker is an independent insurance brokerage agency. We are NOT restricted to quote with one insurance company only. We can give you big Internet pricing with a local broker. We have over 20 years combined experience. Our senior broker has over 17 years of experience servicing the business and commercial industry with fast, friendly and competitive service. Our goal is to integrate all your business insurance needs into one plan, under one agency. Our complete coverage plans are tailored to fit your needs. Click here to get your free quote...
Member of The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Chamber Board, Board of Director of Resource Conservation District, Elks Club B.P.O.E, Lassen Community Hospital Board of Trustees and a Golden Sierra Insurance Services Affiliate.
Integrated Insurance Broker is a member of Golden Sierra Insurance Services, Inc. through our membership we have access to over one hundred insurance companies. We offer competitive placement, support & financing for all commercial lines, which include: All Contractors - Commercial & Residential Trucking and Hauling - Log, Chip, Lumber, Cattle Food & Beverage Distributors, Auto Body & Repair Shops Farm and Agricultural "Main Street" Shops.We also offer: Long Term Care Retirement Annuities and more. Call Richard today to learn more (530) 257-7526 or click here to get your free quote...
You can search his license here. Use the number.
Richard E. Parker - Owner - Broker/Agent
CA LIC. #0681950
2213 Main Street Susanville, Ca 96130
Office (530) 257-7526 - Cell (530) 251-6170 - Fax (530) 257-4358"
His licenses are current.
INTEGRATED INSURANCE BROKER
Active Susanville, CA
PARKER RICHARD EARL
Active Susanville, CA
"California wildlife officers have uncovered what is likely the largest raptor poaching case in known California history, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced."
Ducks Unlimited which encourages restoration of wetlands so hunters can shoot the birds attracted to the land.
Turns out he has a horrible history of abusing the law. In 2001 there was a recall election to remove him as a director of the Lassen Municipal Utility District for abuse of power, violation of public trust, abdication of authority, intentional misuse of public funds, Brown Act violations.... In a meeting Richard Parker said "environmentalists" are just "bunny huggers."
“Poaching crimes of this egregious nature against raptors is unprecedented in California,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. “The local raptor population may take years to recover from these killings.”
"Each potential violation is a misdemeanor poaching crime at the state level, with maximum penalties of six months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine per each raptor. An unlawfully taken mountain lion could result in up to a $10,000 penalty. Each potential federal crime could result in additional penalties."
126 dead birds of prey would be $630,000 fine for the birds and $10,000 for the mountain lion at the state level. The two illegal takes of bobcats are about the same. The jail time is six months per bird or 63 years. Like I said he's well connected. He'll get off easy.
He also violated the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. "Title 16 USC Section 707(a) makes any violation of Section 703 a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail and a $15,000 penalty for each and every bird injured or killed." This would be another 63 years and $1.89M in fines just for the birds for a grand total of 126 years in jail and $2.52M in fines. Still, no felony which means he could keep his guns.
Lassen County has a pre-file diversion program. I hope they don't allow Parker to be able to use the program. These are some serious charges.
Most of the birds he killed were red-tailed hawks. I think he may have killed them as they kill ducks which he likes to hunt. The fact that he shot them off roosts and just left their dead bodies there shows that he hates the birds. That's probably also why he killed the bobcats and just left their bodies to rot where they died.
Maps of his property and home. 40°22'45.2"N 120°26'06.6"W
Capt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 651-6692"
Richard Parker is currently the President of the Chamber of Commerce for Lassen.
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There was a paternity case filed against him in 2009. It looks like he had to pay support for a child.
CASE DETAILS FOR: FS48877
CASE TITLE: COUNTY OF LASSEN VS. PARKER, RICHARD E.
CASE DESCRIPTION: DA PATERNITY/SUPPORT/REIMBURSE
FILING DATE: 06/26/2009
DISPOSITION DESCRIPTION: STIPULATED JUDGMENT
DISPOSITION DATE: 09/02/2009
COUNTY OF LASSEN
LASSEN COUNTY DCSS COUNSEL
PARKER, RICHARD EARL
EUGENE B. CHITTOCK LAW OFFICES
No Events were found for Case Number: FS48877.
COMPLAINT/SUMMONS RE: PARENTAL OBLIGATION
RETURN RECEIPT OF SUMMONS & COMPLAINT SIGNED BY EUGENE CHITTOCK DATED 7/1/09
POS OF SUMNS,COMPLNT,PRPSD JDGMNT ON RICHARD PARKER ON 7/15/09
ANSWER TO COMPLAINT/SUPPLEMENTAL COMPLAINT RE: PARENTAL OBLIGATION
STIPULATION FOR JUDGMENT RE PARENTAL OBLIGATIONS AND JUDGMENT
POS BY MAIL OF STIP FOR JUDGMENT FILED 9/2/09 ON EUGENE CHITTOCK ON 9/11/09
ABSTRACT OF SUPPORT JUDGMENT FILED
RELEASE OF JUDGMENT LIEN - GENERAL
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