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THREE INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL HUNTING

Topeka Capital-Journal

Thursday, March 25, 2004

By Tim Hrenchir

The Capital-Journal

A federal indictment alleges people involved with a western Kansas business used trucks, radios, cellular phones and an airplane to take customers on guided wildlife hunts.

Eric Melgren, United States attorney for Kansas, announced Wednesday in Topeka that federal charges had been filed against Dwight Floyd Krebs and Cheri Krebs, both 51 and of Scott City, and James John Jenkins, 49, of Russell Springs.

The charges resulted from a joint undercover investigation by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Melgren said.

The indictment alleges the crimes were committed between December 2002 and December 2003 as the Krebses operated Krebs Ranch Wildlife and Trophy Hunts, a Scott City-area business for which Jenkins was a ranch hand and guide.

According to the indictment:

. The Krebses advertised over the Internet and charged customers $2,500 per person for guided hunts, in which clients were illegally provided with game tags that had been issued to other people.

. Business operators and their clients hunted from motor vehicles, using radios and an airplane to tell each other the locations of deer and other wildlife. They illegally concealed animals they had shot in their vehicles and took the carcasses to locations they controlled for cleaning and processing.

. The Krebses and Jenkins knew the meat and animal parts would be shipped in interstate commerce from Kansas to other states.

. On Dec. 5, 2003, Dwight Krebs flew the airplane over a flock of geese and activated a siren, causing the geese to fly away from the plane. That same day, he flew the plane over a herd of antelope at an altitude of 20 to 25 feet and activated a siren, causing the herd to run away.

The indictment charges the Krebses and Jenkins with one count each of conspiracy to illegally take, receive, transport and process wildlife, and transporting and selling in interstate commerce wildlife that was illegally taken and had a market value of more than $350. If convicted, each could faces a maximum of five years in federal prison without parole on each of those counts.

Jenkins and Dwight Krebs also are charged with two counts of using, or participating in the use of, an aircraft to harass and kill deer. Each could face a maximum of one year on each of those counts.

Dwight Krebs also was charged with one count each of using an aircraft to harass geese and using an aircraft to harass antelope. He could face a maximum of one year on each of those counts.

Melgren said Jenkins and the Krebses had been released on signature bonds and were scheduled for trial on May 26 in U.S. District Court in Topeka.

Tim Hrenchir can be reached at (785) 295-1184 or tim.hrenchir@cjonline.com .

Copyright 2004 CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal / Morris Communications


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