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White Co. Fisherman Receives Death Threats Over Conservation Work

WHITE COUNTY, Ark. -- A White County man who has been organizing catfish conservation efforts is now getting death threats.

On Saturday Jack Moore, known by his nickname "River Kat," says he received a phone call from a commercial fisher targeting him for his conservation work.

"Threatening my life, I take that very seriously," Moore said.

Moore, who has a background in commercial fishing, is helping head up a petition for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to consider limiting the number of catfish commercial anglers can net to 50 a day.

"Many of our rivers in north and northeast Arkansas cannot sustain unrestricted commercial harvest of catfish," he said.

Moore says that work led to a disturbing phone call over the weekend.

"I was told that all this work and everything that we're doing wouldn't matter if they shot me and sunk my boat on the White River," Moore recalled.

Moore says it's one of at least six threats all from commercial fishers, with most made on Facebook. He believes some of the threats were sparked by an unrelated survey the AGFC sent to commercial fishers last week.

"There aren't any proposals on the table for us changing anything right now," said Assistant Chief of Communications for AGFC Randy Zellers. "A petition by itself is not going to make a regulation change. It needs to go through a process of science and actual research looking at it."

Moore isn't giving up hope that his proposal will reel in a win.

"A threat does not intimidate me. All you're going to do is light a fire under me," Moore said.

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