SIOUX FALLS | Authorities say 18 people have pleaded guilty and
been sentenced for wildlife violations at a commercial hunting
operation in southern South Dakota's Todd County.
one of the largest wildlife cases in South Dakota history," Game,
Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk said in a statement.
Fines, restitution and civil damages in the case total more than
$235,000, according to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson and state
Attorney General Marty Jackley.
The investigation handled by
state and federal wildlife agencies and the Rosebud Sioux tribe
determined that Rock Creek Ranch owners John and Kathryn Chauncey
and several of their hunting clients from Michigan, Texas and New
Jersey unlawfully killed deer, hawks, owls, badgers and turkeys
between 2008 and 2012.
John Chauncey was sentenced to two
months in custody and ordered to pay about $93,000. Kathryn Chauncey
was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $10,500. They did not
immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment on
Sixteen others were fined between $500 and
$26,000. They also were given probation and stripped of hunting
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