(Dubois, Wyo.) – Almost to the day one year ago, an Illinois man who was suspected of killing one bull elk, and then later killing a larger bull elk, has been charged. The case, initiated by Dubois Game Warden Brian Baker, with assistance of Wildlife Investigator Scott Browning, was investigated in cooperation with officers from the Illinois wildlife department.
It took a full year to locate evidence and witnesses who could help the officers piece together what really happened on the Wyoming hunt. The Illinois man received two “must appear” citations for the Fremont County Circuit Court in Lander and will enter a plea in front of the judge in mid-October.
The man has been charged with “Intentionally taking an antlered elk without a license” (a serious “special class” violation) for the first elk killed and “waste of big game” (a low misdemeanor) for not taking any meat from the second, larger bull elk.
In other recent cases, Browning has provided assistance to Idaho and Arizona, as well as pursuing a Wyoming investigation on a Casper man that had claimed to be a resident in all three states for the purpose of purchasing resident hunting and fishing licenses. The investigation was completed and Idaho issued the man two citations and Wyoming issued two citations and two warnings.
Many of these cases start out as tips from the public, and the department appreciates the willingness of those in the field to help us out by reporting violations they may see.
As a reminder, violations can be reported to the Stop Poaching Hotline at (877) WGFD-TIP or on the Game and Fish website at wgfd.wyo.gov at any hour. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to a conviction.