MT: Moose poaching probe leads to Lake County officers
September 11, 2010
Moose poaching probe leads to Lake County officers
KALISPELL - An investigation into the apparent illegal shooting of a
moose in northwestern Montana has brought to light possible hunting
violations by Lake County law enforcement officers, state Fish, Wildlife and
Parks officials said.
Jesse Jacobs was charged Aug. 3 with two counts of unlawful possession of
a game animal. He made a brief appearance Thursday before District Judge Ted
Lympus in Kalispell.
Prosecutors allege Jacobs shot a moose in 2005 and then asked a
Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal member for his permit. Officials say
Jacobs gave the tribal member the meat while he kept the head and antlers
for a wall mount, the Daily Inter Lake reports.
Jacobs was briefly in the Lake County sheriff's office reserve training
program at the time.
FWP Warden Capt. Lee Anderson said the case against Jacobs "brought
light" to possible violations committed by Lake County law officers.
"We've got an investigation going on into alleged illegal hunting
activities in Lake County involving law enforcement," Anderson said. He
would not comment on how many people might be involved.
Court records say an anonymous tip received last March led to the
investigation of Jacobs. Interviews with his ex-wife and a man who helped
him retrieve the moose led to the charges.
A Montana assistant attorney general is prosecuting the case.
Lake County Sheriff Lucky Larson said Jacobs had only been in the
department's reserve training program for a few weeks when he left. Larson
said he could not comment on why Jacobs left.
Larson said he is aware of the larger investigation.
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