29 December 2003
GREEN RIVER - Two Sweetwater County residents have been
accused of poaching mule deer.
Dustin Moses, 23, of Rock Springs, is charged with taking
an antlered mule deer in a closed area and without a proper license. He
pleaded innocent and is awaiting trial.
Marko Kalem, 37, of Little America, was cited for
allegedly taking an antlered mule deer out of season and without a proper
license. He is awaiting arraignment.
Moses is charged with killing a buck deer Oct. 5 in a
limited quota hunt area and tagging it with his general deer license. The
limited quota season in the area did not open until Oct. 15.
Moses claims he shot the deer in a hunt area where the
season was open.
Kalem is accused of shooting a buck mule deer south of
Rock Springs on Dec. 19. A ranch hand phoned in a license plate number and
45 minutes later Kalem turned himself in, Game and Fish agents said.
Wildlife Technician Brian Baker alleges Kalem told him he
was coyote hunting and saw "the biggest deer he had ever seen and he
just got tempted."
Baker said the shooting came during closed season from a
public road and that Kalem did not have a license.
"I am not exactly sure why he turned himself in, but he
knew he had been reported by the ranch hand," Baker said.
Both men could face up to $5,000 in fines, loss of hunting
and fishing privileges and jail time.
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