MS: Shiocton man pleads guilty to illegal trapping
August 16, 2014
MISSISSIPPI – Peter Jesunas, 32, pleaded guilty to taking
illegally harvested wildlife pelts out of Mississippi. He was fined
$10,000 and ordered not to hunt or trap anywhere worldwide for three
years while on probation. He was also ordered to forfeit the 354
pelts to the state of Wisconsin.
While barred from buying a
license because of previous wildlife-related offenses, Jesunas
illegally trapped 14 gray foxes, 88 raccoons, 16 bobcats, 20
muskrats, 25 otters, 10 coyotes and 181 beavers.
He took the
pelts back to Wisconsin to sell them, enlisting his brother, Patrick
Jesunas, to buy a Mississippi trapper's license. That was done so
Peter Jesunas could obtain tags regulating trade in endangered
species required to take bobcat and otter skins out of Mississippi.
Patrick Jesunas pleaded guilty earlier and was fined $1,500.
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