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Idaho man sentenced for poaching bighorn in Breaks

November 15, 2011

From GreatFallsTribune.com

A Montana judge has ordered an Idaho man to pay $13,205 and forfeit hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for life for illegally obtaining a resident hunting license and killing a trophy bighorn sheep in the Missouri River Breaks.

Roger J. Woodworth, 64, of Hayden, Idaho, was sentenced Nov. 6 by state district Judge W. Nels Swandal. The sentence was based on a plea agreement with the Fergus County Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say that In 2009, Woodworth illegally bought a resident hunting license, then applied and was drawn in the lottery for an either-sex bighorn license in Hunting District 482 in the Missouri Breaks north of Lewistown.

In 2010, FWP game warden Todd Anderson investigated a TIPMONT call with information regarding the residency status of Woodworth.

In August 2010, FWP game wardens went to the home of a relative of Woodworth in Stevensville and seized the mounted sheep head. At the same time, FWP game wardens with the assistance of Idaho Fish and Game interviewed Woodworth at his Idaho residence.

Woodworth was charged with felony unlawful possession of a trophy bighorn sheep and hunting bighorn sheep without a valid license, a misdemeanor.

Terms of the plea agreement call for Woodworth to:

» Pay a fine of $735 plus court costs of $75; » Pay $12,395 restitution to the state.
» Give up his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for life.
» Give up the bighorn sheep mount.

Woodworth also agreed to plead guilty to illegally obtaining resident hunting licenses in unrelated cases in Missoula and Lewis and Clark counties and pay fines of $600. In return FWP agreed to drop the felony charge.

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