RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Families enjoyed the start of their holiday weekend by learning more about wildlife along the Natchez Trace.
This summer wildlife festival takes place once a year at different points along the trace. Saturday it was held at the information cabin in Ridgeland.
Visitors learned about forest-dwelling animals that are found throughout our state and got an up-close look at some native snakes. Park rangers also used "Rod the decoy deer" to teach about the consequences of poaching or illegal hunting.
"We are out there quite a bit trying to catch different areas and certain locations, the poaching itself, when you take the deer, it's the ones that are going for the trophy, hunters going for the antlers," said Rachel Davidson, law enforcement park ranger.
Poachers face stiff fines of up to $10,000. They may also get their vehicles and guns taken.
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