HI: Big Island hunter, Maui hunting ranch owner sentenced in axis deer smuggling case
October 2, 2012
By Audrey McAvoy, TheRepublic.com
HONOLULU — A federal judge sentenced two Hawaii hunters to
community service on Monday after an investigation into the
interisland smuggling of axis deer by helicopter.
man was charged with the smuggling itself, but prosecutors said
their actions introduced axis deer to the Big Island for the first
time and harmed the environment as a result.
Daniel Rocha of
Mountain View on the Big Island was sentenced to 100 hours of
community service for having sheep in his possession without a
permit. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi
also ordered Rocha to pay a $1,000 fine.
Jeffrey Grundhauser to perform 100 hours of community service for
taking an unlicensed hunter to shoot game animals on his ranch in
upcountry Maui. Grundhauser must also pay a $15,000 fine and will be
on probation for one year.
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