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MT: man sentenced in illegal hunting operation

La. man sentenced in illegal hunting operation

Sep 9, 2009

BILLINGS - A 61-year-old Louisiana man who served as a booking agent for a large illegal hunting operation in northeastern Montana has been sentenced to six months of home detention and three years of probation.

Anthony Bazile, of Braithwaite, La., pleaded guilty earlier this year to violating the Lacey Act, which regulates the interstate sale, transportation and purchase of wildlife. He is believed to have made about $119,000 in profit for booking hunts.

Bazile, who was sentenced Wednesday, was heavily involved with a Saco-area ranching family in running an illegal big-game outfitting business. He and the family ran the scheme in Phillips and Valley counties through the fraudulent use of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks landowner-sponsored licensing program.

Bazile's hunting, fishing and trapping privileges have been revoked for three years, and he must pay a $5,000 fine.

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