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Bazile's hunting, fishing and trapping privileges have been revoked for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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