MT: 11 convicted of illegally hunting in Phillips Cnty
11 convicted of illegally hunting in Phillips Cnty
Jan 4, 2011
GLASGOW, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say a multiyear investigation
into the illegal killing of elk in north-central Montana's Phillips County
has led to the convictions of 11 hunters from several states.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks criminal investigator Lennie Buhmann
says $37,300 in fines and restitution has been collected in the case, which
involves defendants from Columbus and Shepherd, Mont., and South Dakota,
Utah and Arizona.
Buhmann says the case involved a group that hunted in south Phillips
County from 2000 to 2009, killing elk without licenses and valid permits
while loaning licenses to those in the hunting party who did not have them.
In all, 11 illegally killed bull elk were recovered. A cow elk also was
illegally killed but was not recovered.
Eight of the defendants lost a total 22 years of hunting, fishing and
trapping privileges in 36 states.
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