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ID: Elk poacher gets lifetime hunting ban

March 27, 2010

Elk poacher gets lifetime hunting ban by Associated Press

SALMON, Idaho -- An Idaho Falls man who last month pleaded guilty to a felony violation of unlawful taking of multiple big-game animals has been stripped of his hunting privileges for life.

The sentence 54-year-old Jerry G. Ferguson received earlier this week in 7th District also includes 60 days in jail, a $7,500 fine, and a prohibition from being in hunting camps or possessing a firearm in the field for 10 years.

According to court documents Ferguson shot and killed five cow elk during a hunting trip near Salmon in central Idaho on Dec. 5, 2008.

Authorities say Ferguson retrieved one elk but left the others in the field.

Lemhi County Prosecuting Attorney Bruce Withers tells the Post Register it's one of the most egregious poaching cases he's ever seen.

Ferguson's lifetime hunting ban can be reviewed in 10 years.

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