By Kevin Lessard
A poaching investigation in northwest Montana leads to a combined total of more than 100 charges against four men.
The alleged incidents took place at three different locations in Whitefish over the course of two years from 2011 to 2012.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks wouldn't answer specific questions Wednesday, because the case is still being prosecuted.
People around town are calling it one of the most extensive poaching investigations they can remember.
Court documents tell us that 19-year-olds Paul West, Tyler Kellar, Dillan Erickson and 20-year-old Chase Wilson all committed many wildlife violations.
The charges include waste of game animal, using artificial light to shoot animals, and hunting during a closed season.
On October 9, they all pleaded not guilty to all charges in Flathead County Justice Court.
"I think they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Dave Toelke. Toelke is the manager of Snappy’s Sport Senter. He’s been hunting the woods of Montana since he was 12.
At his job, he talks with many hunters daily, and knows how serious poaching is.
"It's frowned upon because what it does is it steals a resource from the legitimate hunters, the legal hunters that are out there,” Toelke said. More....