Wildlife officials say a Michigan man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing a buck mule deer west of Cody.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said in a news release Monday that Stephen Kovacs recently acknowledged killing the animal without a license. Kovacs, who was ordered to pay $750 in fines and $4,000 in restitution, will lose all hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for the next three years.
North Cody Game Warden Travis Crane says he saw Kovacs shoot the deer in the Wall Creek drainage on the North Fork of the Shoshone River on Nov. 6. At the time, Kovacs denied shooting the animal, but tracks matching the tread pattern of his boots were found near the carcass and casings matching a round from Kovacs' rifle were found nearby.