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poach

damage caused to sodden pasture by the hooves of cattle and sheep. In clay soils and when the ground is sufficiently wet the damage caused by a heavy stocking rate of sheep may be very high. Said also of the take-off in front of a jump in an equitation course or a race. Called also pugging.
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The poacher had recovered a grim composure as he replied.
Probably you are the poacher who says he isn't a poacher.
I would cut up a big estate like this into small estates for everybody, even for poachers.
GALLANT Capture of a Poacher - from the Merthyr and Cardiff Guardian, December 24, 1869: On Thursday evening, December 16, 1869, as Mr George Crofts Williams of Llanrumney Hall was retiring to rest, shortly after midnight, a shot was heard in a wood in the immediate vicinity of the Hall.
Inspired by true events, Poacher tells the cautionary tale of a young man (Bracey), motivated by vengeance, who goes to war with a fishing baron (Nolte) who rules the town, sending him on a journey which transforms him from a small- time abalone poacher into a criminal gang boss.
Until now, the only way to report poaching activity, dangerous wildlife or public land abuse was to phone the Report A Poacher hotline.
The poacher had been living in India and had arrived at home to celebrate the annual festival of Dashain, said Aryal.
He now faces ruthless poacher gangs who will stop at nothing to get their prize - including slaughtering baby elephants with tusks an inch long and using children as young as eight as mules to carry their weapons and contraband.
He reveals one of the poacher giveaways is carefully placed gun cartridges which are used as arrows to mark their progress through the trees or signal where ivory drops may take place.
Footprints were easier to read than a newspaper, indicating a single poacher.
Meanwhile, Evan arranges to meet a poacher who tells him what would happen if he came up against a warden: "You shoot that person to kill, don't hesitate.
Further, not a single poacher out of the 52 arrested by the Kaziranga authorities themselves has been convicted till date.