By Ashton Edwards
SANJUAN COUNTY, Utah – A Utah man has pleaded guilty to felony poaching in San Juan County.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said James Wheeler is facing one felony count and four misdemeanors of “wanton destruction of protected wildlife.”
Officials said the incidents were during the 2013-2014 bobcat trapping season.
DWR said a concerned citizen notified authorities about the illegal trapping Dec. 2013.
Over the next few months, officials discovered Wheeler was trapping the animals without permits.
In late January, officers found six illegal bobcats prepared for auction at Wheeler’s home.
Officials said he was going to sell the bobcats using another person’s permits.
He has been sentenced to pay $2,150 in fines and $2,100 in restitution to the Help Stop Poaching Fund.
Wheeler also received 36 months probation, was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and is also facing up to 38 years of trapping license suspension.