HI: Maui rancher pleads guilty to guiding unlicensed hunter; not charged with transporting animals
August 23, 2012
By Audrey McAvoy, TheRepublic.com
HONOLULU — A Maui hunting ranch owner on Thursday pleaded guilty
to a federal misdemeanor for taking an unlicensed hunter to
shoot game animals in a case stemming from a broader
investigation into the interisland smuggling of harmful invasive
species for hunting.
Jeffrey Grundhauser faces up to one
year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Sentencing is
scheduled for Oct. 1 at U.S District Court.
Attorney Michael Song told a judge that Grundhauser took an
undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent hunting in June 2011
even though the agent said he didn't have a Hawaiihunting
The agent, who was posing as a hunter from Oregon,
killed two axis deer and one mouflon sheep. He paid $1,250 for
Grundhauser's guide services.
The ranch owner's attorney,
David Hayakawa, noted his client wasn't charged for flying the
animals between islands by helicopter, which is the aspect of
the case that has gotten the most media attention.
Monday, a Maui helicopter pilot who flew animals for Grundhauser
pleaded guilty to loading deer on helicopters and flying them
from Maui to the Big Island.
Song said Thomas Leroy
Hauptman flew four axis deer from Maui. He brought about a dozen
mouflon sheep with him to Maui from the Big Island.
also could be sentenced to up to a year in prison. His defense
suggested he receive probation and perform community service by
flying 500 hours in his helicopter working for the group
fighting to eradicate axis deer from the Big Island. He's
scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18.
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