UT: Elk poachers slapped with fines, world hunting ban
October 7, 2010
Elk poachers slapped with fines, world hunting ban
SALT LAKE CITY - Two Duchesne County men have been ordered to pay a
combined $40,000 in restitution for the poaching of two bull elk on Ute
Wesley D. Gardner of Neola and Micah R. Park of Hanna pleaded guilty
Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count each of taking wildlife in
violation of tribal law, a misdemeanor violation of the Lacey Act.
After accepting their pleas, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul M. Warner
sentenced the men to a combination of probation, community service and
Gardner was ordered to pay $15,000 to the federal Lacey Act Account and
$12,000 to the Ute Indian Tribe Division of Fish and Wildlife. Park was
ordered to pay $8,000 to the tribe's Division of Fish and Wildlife and
$5,000 to the Lacey Act Account.
Both men must also perform 120 hours of community service with the
tribe's Division Fish and Wildlife and serve three years on probation. They
are also banned from hunting anywhere in the world for three years. Gardner
and Park each shot an elk on tribal land in November 2009, according to
court records. Wildlife officers have said one of the elk may have been a
world-class trophy animal.
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