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TWO MEN ARRESTED IN POACHING CASE

By Marianne Kobak
26 February 2004

ELKO - An Elburz man and an Elko man were arrested Tuesday and accused of having a poached antelope, according to Elko County sheriff's deputies.

Aaron Edward Wright, 23, of Elburz and Jeffrey Howard Peterson, 39, of Elko were both charged with possession of a poached big-game animal. Their bail was set at $2,000 each.

Deputies along with officers of the Nevada Department of Wildlife searched Peterson's residence to look for a big-game animal illegally obtained. During the search, officers located evidence of hair, blood and items used in butchering the animal.

According to an Elko County sheriff's report, officers believed two men were involved in the killing of the animal during a closed season and that both transported the animal to a place it could be butchered.

As of October, killing of such big game is a class E felony.

Possession of a dead big game animal is a gross misdemeanor.

Items pertaining to the illegal killing of the animal were confiscated, including a vehicle, two rifles, butcher knife, cooler, ropes used in hanging the animal and the butchered meat.


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