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TWO MEN CHARGED WITH POACHING MULE DEER

Associated Press

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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