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OR: La Pine taxidermist gets jail term for illegal hunting

Posted: July 14, 2009 09:13 AM

Ted Day told judge he'd been hunting since he was a boy with father, had hoped to teach 'pleasures of hunting' to fiance's two children

Barred from hunting, taxidermy for life
By Keisha Burns, KTVZ.COM

A La Pine taxidermist with a history of wildlife violations was sentenced to 130 days in jail and ordered to stop hunting and taxidermy Monday after a jury convicted him of theft and violating Oregon's racketeering (corrupt
business) law.

Ted William Day, 34, also was given a $1,000 fine and ordered to pay $2,400 in restitution by Deschutes County Circuit Judge Stephen Tiktin.

Day read a statement during the hearing, saying his morals and ethics had taken a back seat and asking for forgiveness for illegally taken bears and cougars.

Day's hunting license was revoked for life, and he may no longer possess any guns.

"I don't want you to hunt, trap, engage in taxidermy or assist others to do so, or accompany others when they are engaging in those activities," Tiktin told Day.

District Attorney Mike Dugan said authorities had been investigating Day for years. Court records show Day pleaded guilty to game violations in Lake and Deschutes County in 1997 and 1998.

The DA said he'd been prevented from prosecuting Day for several illegal hunts after the statute of limitations ran out. But Oregon's racketeering-influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) law allowed him to charge Day with engaging in an illegal enterprise.

Day was being held at the county jail in unrelated federal charges of taking artifacts from public lands.

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