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MT: Father and Son Convicted of Poaching Elk in Montana - $23,000 Fine

May 4, 2017


Two elk hunters have been convicted of poaching an elk in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. The incident occurred in 2015. William Bartlett and his son, Leland, were recently convicted. Leland, who had already lost hunting privileges due to a previous poaching conviction, shot the elk. The two attempted to mislead investigators after Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) linked the Bartletts to the crime.

William loses his hunting, fishing or trapping license for five years and Leland loses his for a decade; neither can accompany any hunter, fisher or trapper into the field for five years.

Further, Leland will have to attend various hunter education courses to discuss what he did and the consequences of his actions. William was sentenced to 18-months of suspended jail time and 100 hours of community service; he will have to pay $3,000 in fines.

Leland was sentenced to two years of suspended jail time and 250 hours of service; he will have to pay $4,000 in fines. Both are also required to pay
$8,000 in restitution. For Terryl’s involvement with the investigation, she pleaded guilty to obstructing a peace officer and has to pay a several hundred dollar fine, according to The Independent Record.

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