CO: Loncarich, Rodgers Indicted for Wildlife Violations
January 15, 2014
GRAND JUNCTION – Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources announced
last week the indictments of outfitters Christopher W. Loncarich, 55
of Mack, Colo. and his assistant guide Nicholaus J. Rodgers,
30, of Medford, Ore. for allegedly conspiring to lead clients on
illegal hunts in western Colorado and Utah between 2007 and 2010.
The pair is accused of illegally capturing and caging mountain
lions and bobcats, often incapacitating them by shooting them in the
paws or keeping them in place with leghold traps. Then, with the aid
of radio communications, the outfitters brought their clients to the
area where the maimed or restrained animal was released, ensuring a
kill for their clients.
The indictment also states that
Loncarich and Rodgers took several clients on illegal hunts in Utah
without the proper tags, then would bring cat's hides back to
Colorado to 'check-in' with CPW using falsified records to obtain
the required seals. Many of the hides were then transported to the
clients home state, a violation of the Lacey Act – a felony, federal
law prohibiting the transportation of illegally taken wildlife
across state lines.
To date, four assistant guides have also
pleaded guilty to offenses arising from the conspiracy.
Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material
whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe
that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes
a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section
107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted
material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must
obtain permission from the copyright owner.