By Jimmy Hancock
Marv Hoyt, an advocate for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, is set to retire from his position at the end of this month — following his admissions last month that he illegally killed and wasted two elk.
Jeff Welsch, communications director for GYC in Montana, said Hoyt is currently on vacation, which will last through the end of the month, and is effectively no longer working for the advocacy group. Hoyt had been serving as Idaho director in Idaho Falls.
Hoyt could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
The group also released an official statement about the incident.
“GYC deeply regrets this incident and in no way either condones or excuses Marv Hoyt’s judgment,” said Caroline Byrd, GYC’s executive director. “As advocates for all lands, waters and wildlife in greater Yellowstone, our credibility depends upon consistently holding ourselves to the highest legal and ethical standards. This incident does not in any way reflect our values.”
According to an investigation report from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Hoyt killed three cow elk in the Nate Canyon area near Crow Creek in Caribou County. Permitted and licensed for the Nov. 2 hunt, Hoyt was only allowed one elk.
Hoyt was charged on Nov. 13 with two misdemeanors, one accusing him of unlawful taking of game and the other of wasteful destruction of wildlife. He pleaded guilty to both charges on Nov. 19.
Sixth District Magistrate David Evans sentenced Hoyt to 30 days in jail, suspended the sentence, fined him more than $2,100 and ordered that he pay $2,750 in restitution. Hoyt was also placed on four years supervised probation, ordered to serve 32 hours of community service and had his hunting privileges revoked for several years. The Idaho Repository of court data was not clear on just how many years his privileges were revoked.
The wasted elk came to the attention of Fish and Game officer Blake Phillips on Nov. 9, when he was on a hunting trip in that same Nate Canyon area. Phillips called in fellow officers Marc Porter and Cody Allen, and the three began their investigation.
They found three elk within 100 yards of one another. More....