ID: Poaching just won't go away
September 22, 2010
Poaching just won't go away
LEWISTON - 22-year-old Mitchell Sisler just might lose his hunting
privileges, for life.
He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and five years probation, has a
felony record and has to pay part of a $10,000 civil penalty, all because of
his role in poaching two years ago.
Roy Wallace, also of Genesee, pleaded guilty earlier this year. The two
were charged with poaching a bull moose.
"There were a group of individuals hunting up north of Genesee," said
conservation officer Mike Hill of the Idaho Fish and Game. "They came across
a bull moose and they took it upon themselves to open the season for
themselves. They didn't have any tags and they had no legal authority to be
shooting at it. A couple of the individuals shot the moose and killed the
Sisler and Wallace left the moose in the field. They took some of the
meat, left most to waste, cut off the head and antlers and hid the remains
under a bridge. The moose could have been a trophy animal to a sportsman
legally hunting. But poachers take that satisfaction away.
"Poaching, I don't want to say is commonplace, but with that said, it's
not going away," said Hill. "We're getting calls regularly. It's very
difficult to get a detection on those that we miss. They go unreported.
Reports are that we only get a small fraction that are documented."
While this case wasn't the result of a tip from the Fish and Game's
Citizen's Against Poaching (CAP) hotline, Hill says that's the best way to
stop the poaching.
"Those people that are unlawfully killing wildlife are stealing wildlife
from the honest sportsmen and there's only a handful of officers in our
region," said Hill. "That's why we rely so heavily on the eyes and ears of
the sportsmen that are out there. It makes a huge difference."
Fish and Game encourages anyone who hears about or sees a wildlife crime
or suspicious activity to call the CAP hotline at 1-800-632-5999 with
detailed information. Rewards are available and callers may remain anonymous.
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