Three Barbour Co. residents charged with bear hunting violations in W. Va.
February 9, 2011
Three Barbour Co. residents charged with bear hunting violations in W.
Va. by Other News
PHILIPPI, W.Va. — Three Barbour County residents have been arrested and
charged with several violations of West Virginia wildlife laws involving the
illegal killing of two black bears, according to Division of Natural
Resources Lt. Jon Cogar.
Natural Resources Police Officer Josh Prickett, stationed in Barbour
County, received a complaint regarding two dead bears hanging in a tree on
Talbott Road near Route 33 in the Belington area.
Prickett spoke with Brandan Allen, of Belington, who lives at the
residence and was in possession of both bears. The bears were checked in by
two different hunters and the tags showed the bears were taken in the area
of Cheat Mountain in Randolph County.
Prickett contacted both alleged hunters who checked the bears in during
the first week of bear season in December. While conducting the interviews,
Pickett determined that it was highly unlikely that alleged hunters had
killed either of the bears in question because they could not remember key
points of the hunt.
After a second interview conducted by Sgt. Bob Waybright, they were able
to prove that all parties involved fabricated their story of the bear hunt
to cover up their illegal activity.
Tickets were issued Jan. 24 and 25. Brandan Allen, 26 of Belington, was
charged in Randolph Co. for exceeding the season limit on bear and violating
the bear checking regulations. He was charged with conspiracy to violate
Chapter 20 of the West Virginia Code (wildlife laws), withholding
information, and illegal possession of wildlife in Barbour County.
Allen entered a guilty plea to the Randolph County charges and was fined
a total of $2,677.60 and sentenced to 30 days in jail. The Barbour County
charges are still pending.
James Edgell, 36, of Belington, was charged with conspiracy to violate
Chapter 20, withholding information and illegal possession of wildlife.
These charges were filed in Barbour County. Edgell entered a guilty plea and
was fined a total of $542.40.
Kimberly Smith, 40, of Belington, was charged with conspiracy to Violate
Chapter 20 and withholding information. These charges were filed in Barbour
County. Smith entered a guilty plea and was fined a total of $361.60.
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