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ALLEGED MOOSE POACHER ALSO ARRESTED FOR DUI

A Kalispell man has been charged with poaching two bull moose, and shortly after he was cited by a game warden, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Frank Campbell, 35, of Kalispell was stopped Nov. 5 by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden Brian Somers north of Ashley Lake with a bull moose carcass in the back of his pickup truck. Campbell allegedly did not have a permit for the moose.

After investigating the area where the moose had been shot, Somers located the carcass of another moose within 70 yards, said Tim Wenz, deputy Flathead County attorney.

After citing Campbell, Somers contacted Flathead County Sheriff's Office, suspecting the man had been drinking, Wenz said. Deputies stopped Campbell and arrested him for DUI. That charge is a felony, because Campbell has been convicted of three previous DUIs, Wenz said.

Campbell made his initial appearance in Justice Court Monday, where he entered a "not guilty" plea and a public defender was appointed for him.

He is charged with two counts of shooting a bull moose without a license and unlawfully transporting and possessing an illegally taken game animal. He has yet to appear in court on the DUI charge.

Justice of the Peace David Ortley set bond at $2,000, and as of Wednesday, Campbell was still in the Flathead County Jail. The county attorneys office requested a $10,000 bond on the DUI charge.

Ed Kelly, warden captain for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Kalispell, declined to discuss details of how the moose were killed and how Campbell was caught, because a trial is pending. It is scheduled for Jan. 27.

"I think this is an egregious violation," Kelly said. "But we'll just let the court system have its say."

To maintain moose populations, the state offers only a limited number of moose hunting permits through drawings. Some hunters apply for the drawing year after year without success in getting a permit.

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