CHALLIS - Two Hailey men have received stiff penalties and fines
after being caught poaching in Custer County, the Idaho Department
of Fish and Game announced Wednesday. A total of 49 citations and 21
warnings were issued to seven individuals Monday by Custer County
Magistrate Judge Charles L. Roos.
Juan Pasillas-Garcia, 44,
of Hailey, was sentenced to 540 days in jail, but all but 40 were
suspended. He also must pay $3,262 in fines and fees and his
hunting, fishing and trapping privileges were suspended for 15
years. In addition he forfeited two firearms to Fish and Game and
was put on four years probation.
Jose Pasillas-Garcia, 30,
of Hailey, pleaded guilty to failing to produce game for inspection.
He was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and fined $570. In
addition, he was put on two years probation and will be required to
complete 40 hours of community service.
In the same case two
Phoenix, Ariz., men Sergio Pasillas-Garcia, 39, and Bernardo
Amaya, 38 were each sentenced to serve 40 days in jail, received
thousands of dollars in fines and lost hunting privileges. Martin
Pasillas-Garcia, 45, of Torrence, Calif., was sentenced to 900 days
in jail with all but 80 days suspended and must pay more than $8,500
in fines. He also lost hunting privileges for 30 years.
men were caught after Fish and Game Regional Investigator Ryan
Hilton hid in the brush at the Yankee Fork drainage area for nine
hours after he watched two hunters leave their truck and hike up the
It was a long, cold day, but by being out there I
was able to hear the shots that we later confirmed illegally killed
a six-point bull elk closed season and also took video of them
loading an illegal deer into their truck, Hilton said in a
statement released by Fish and Game.
Fish and Game reports
their investigators worked around the clock to catch the poachers,
who have been hunting illegally in Idaho for years.
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