Mount Ayr man facing federal wildlife charges
April 3, 2009
MOUNT AYR, Iowa - The former operator of a deer hunting service
in southwest Iowa is facing federal wildlife charges.
James Juergens, of Mount Ayr, was charged Wednesday with seven
counts of violating the federal Lacey Act. The act prohibits the
sale and purchase of wildlife that had been unlawfully taken and
transported in interstate commerce.
Juergens ran the Lott's Creek Inn between September 2003 and
October 2005. The indictment alleges that Juergens devised and
participated in a scheme that included hunting with improper
licenses during the offseason and in killing and illegally
transporting protected animals across state lines.
Juergens faces up to five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on