Washington State Fish and Wildlife officials are looking for the
antlers of a trophy bull elk illegally shot after hunters trespassed on
the closed Hanford nuclear reservation.
Three Tri-City men have
been sentenced in a poaching case that involved two elk shot on Hanford
land closed to the public and another killed nearby on the bank of the
Columbia River, where hunting is not allowed.
29, of Pasco, was charged with shooting the largest of the animals, said
Sgt. Brian Fulton with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
was a huge elk," Fulton said. "He went out and killed a trophy elk in a
place no one can legally hunt."
The men took boat trips up the
Columbia River and entered the nuclear reservation near the former
Hanford townsite, Fulton said. The river along the nuclear reservation
is marked with numerous "No Trespassing" signs and guns are not allowed
on the site.
Also sentenced in the case were Brock Miller, 27,
of Richland, who was charged with shooting two smaller trophy elk, and
Miguel Berry, 26, of Richland, who purchased an elk license and tag for
one of the animals after it had been shot.
Miller pleaded guilty
to charges of unlawfully hunting while trespassing, hunting without tags
and using a tag belonging to another person. Six other charges were
He was sentenced in October 2013 to 90 days in jail for
hunting while trespassing and 364 days each for the two other charges.
However, all three jail sentences were suspended if he stays out of
trouble for two years. His hunting license is suspended during that
time, and he must pay a mandatory state criminal wildlife penalty of
Berry pleaded guilty to allowing another hunter to use
his tag and was sentenced last month to 364 days in jail, which also was
suspended for two years. His hunting license will be suspended during
that time. Two other charges were dropped.
guilty to hunting big game without a tag and three other charges were
dismissed. He was sentenced last month to 364 days in jail, which was
suspended for two years. Fulton said Charboneau also will be required to
pay the $6,000 criminal wildlife penalty.
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