Lifetime hunting ban for California resident guilty of poaching
April 21, 2009
A man who pleaded guilty to poaching a bull elk received a stiff
penalty for his actions, including being banned for life from
hunting and fishing in 31 states.
Ronald Ray Jurin, from Redding, was ordered to pay $50,000 in
fines and penalties and sentenced to three years of federal
probation for killing the male elk in Oregon.
Jurin also agreed to a lifetime ban on his hunting or fishing in
While the ban may not seem that harsh on its own, Oregon is a
member of the 31-state Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, an
agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing, and
trapping licenses in member states. Thus Jurin is also barred
elsewhere in the nation, including Arizona, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
Federal prosecutors said that Jurin pleaded guilty to a felony
violation of the Lacey Act, the federal wildlife protection law
under which it is illegal to import, export, acquire or transport
wildlife taken in violation of the law.
Jurin killed the trophy-sized elk without a tag authorizing him
to hunt the area, and also admitted in federal court to committing
prior illegal hunting activities.
"Poaching is cowardly, disrupts wildlife management, and is
unfair to real hunters," said United States Attorney Karin J.
Immergut. "We mean business when it comes to enforcing wildlife
If caught hunting in the future, he risks further fines and
"Mr. Jurin is banned from purchasing a license in any of the
compact states," said Joan Jewett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Region Public Affairs Chief. "The key here is that he can't
buy a license, so if he's caught hunting, he is breaking the law."
"And of course, he is a convicted felon, so if he's caught
hunting with a firearm ever again he could potentially be charged,
which would be a new federal felony offense," Jewett added.
-- Kelly Burgess .