CASPER, Wyo. -- It must have looked like a law enforcement convention with 38 Wyoming wildlife officials all gathered in one spot.
The takedown would be in and around Tensleep, but to avoid generating attention in a tiny mountain town, the officials stationed their headquarters in Thermopolis, about 60 miles away.
As a trial run, wardens in unmarked cars drove from headquarters to where they would execute their search warrants the next day. They would need to make contact with the suspects at exactly the same time. Any delays could allow suspects to call each other and corroborate their stories.