WA: Grizzly killers lose hunting rights
January 13, 2010
Grizzly killers lose hunting rights
Two men who killed a grizzly bear in Pend Oreille County are prohibited
from hunting for two years and will be on probation for five years,
according to a plea deal approved this week.
Brandon D. Rodeback, 26, and Kurtis L. Cox, 30, of Moses Lake, killed the
bear on Oct. 1, 2007, while hunting in a designated grizzly bear recovery
zone near Ione.
They skinned and buried the bear in Moses Lake. A tip to authorities led
to federal charges in July. The men pleaded guilty Monday to transporting
wildlife against federal law, a misdemeanor.
In addition to probation and forfeiture of hunting rights, Rodeback and
Cox will pay a $3,000 fine and $14,857 to the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife for endangered species recovery projects, according to court
The bear was tagged with a radio transmitter and had been followed for
the past 14 years.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called the bear's death "a set-back to
state and federal efforts and protect this iconic species."
"With grizzly bear populations struggling to survive, every single bear
is critical to the species' recovery," according to a prepared statement.
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