Grand Junction hunter charged with illegally trapping lions for client shooters
March 4, 2012
A hunting guide from Grand Junction faces federal charges for
allegedly illegally staging mountain lion hunts in Colorado and
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A hunting guide from
Grand Junction faces federal charges for allegedly illegally staging
mountain lion hunts in Colorado and Utah. Marvin Ellis is accused of
working with other hunting guides to trap mountain lions and bobcats
days before bringing clients to kill the animals. He worked for a
hunting guide located in Mack.
Court documents say that on
some occasions, Ellis trapped the lions in leg-hold snares so they
couldn't escape, once even shooting an animal in the leg. Ellis and
the guides are also accused holding bobcats or mountain lions in
cages until their clients got there to shoot them, in addition to
not having proper hunting licenses. Ellis faces up to five years in
prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
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