ID: Rattlesnake hunter plans guilty plea
July 20, 2010
Rattlesnake hunter plans guilty plea
Malta, Idaho -- An Idaho man who allegedly captured and possessed 27
rattlesnakes illegally said he is planning to plead guilty as part of an
agreement with prosecutors.
Terry Brian Teeter, 38, of Malta, said he will plead guilty to a charge
of possession of more than the allowed number of snakes in exchange for
prosecutors dropping a charge of possessing snakes in insufficient cages,
the Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho, reported Tuesday.
Teeter, who is expected to be issued a $245 fine at his Friday
sentencing, said he was previously unaware of state laws requiring permits
to hunt and keep rattlesnakes. The law also only allows for permit holders
to hunt four rattlesnakes per year. Authorities said Teeter was found in May
to be keeping 27 of the reptiles in a 5-gallon bucket.
Teeter said he now plans to give up rattlesnake hunting. "I don't want to
get in any more trouble," he said.
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