By Ralph Maughan
Poachers killed a big bull elk and also illegally transferred wolf tags-Here is the outcome of the matter of the elk poaching Tasmanians in the Idaho wilderness. Many of the details came from an article by Australian reporter Paul Toohey for The Mercury.
The 3 men, Darren Tubb, 43, Anton Kapeller, 58, and Samuel Henley, 18 plead guilty to killing a bull elk (a big one) out of season. Henley also shot two wolves that had been attracted to the discarded elk carcass. They took the antlers, but left the big carcass of the elk to rot in a nearby meadow. Two of the men had wolf tags, but Henley shot both wolves. He used his uncle’s tag (Tubb) illegally to tag the second wolf.
Although this was way back in roadless Sawtooth Mountains, unfortunately for the poachers, the whole thing was staked out by Idaho Fish and Game. That was because Kapeller had been coming to Idaho to hunt for many years, and for a long time IDFG thought he had been poaching elk (hunting them during closed season before the legal hunt). So officers were ready to follow him. Tubb and Henley were on their first trip to Idaho. Kapeller actually killed the elk after Tubb took three shots that missed. There was also a very incriminating photo taken of Heney posing by the dead elk (and date stamped by the camera). Here is that photo and the story.
The story about the two wolves menacing Henley was made up according to IDFG who watched Henley shoot them from a distance as they scavenged the abandoned carcass. It has long been my opinion that the “menacing wolf” stories, almost always told by people who don’t like wolves, are made up. Too bad they can’t be fined in general for lying. More....