WY: Poacher hit with $30,000 fine and 10-year hunting ban for killing two deer
November 23, 2009
Poacher hit with $30,000 fine and 10-year hunting ban for killing two
A Wyoming man has been ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and has been barred
from hunting and from accompanying anyone else hunting for 10 years for
shooting two mule deer from his pickup truck.
In a plea agreement, Casper, Wyo. resident Timothy Alme also received two
years suspended jail time and had to forfeit the rifle used to shoot the
Wyoming Game and Fish wardens were originally tipped off by a state
Highway Patrol officer, who was investigating a traffic accident involving a
guard rail and a pickup truck, which was abandoned along the highway. During
the investigation, the officer noticed a lot of blood and deer hair in the
bed of the vehicle, registered to Alme.
A consented search of Alme's residence by game warden Shawn Blajszczak
turned up four deer carcasses, only two that were confirmed to be legally
In addition to the charges of illegally killing the deer during a closed
season and hunting without a license, Alme was also charged with shooting
from a vehicle and for hunting from a highway, both unlawful. (During an
interview with Alme and his attorney, Alme confessed to shooting the animals
from the cab of his truck).
Wyoming is a member of the 31-state Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact,
an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping
licenses in member states, so Alme's privileges are also suspended
Poaching incidents are in the news all too frequently, and Outposts has
developed a habit of publicizing major cases. One has to wonder, though, for
each circumstance actually prosecuted how many go uncaught.
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