By Betsy Simon
Two Cody men pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor poaching charges Oct. 3 in Park County Circuit Court.
According to court documents, Ira Emanuel Fellows, a Cody motel owner, is charged with the high misdemeanor of knowingly take antlered or horned big or trophy game, and Andrew Dean Rogers, a taxidermist, was charged with high misdemeanor accessory before the fact – knowingly take antlered or horned big or trophy game.
Fellows and Rogers were arrested Oct. 2 and both were released on $1,500 unsecured bonds.
As part of their release, Fellows and Rogers are not allowed to hunt, fish or trap.
Pretrial hearings for both are set for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9.
According to court documents, Irah Leonetti, a Game and Fish Department wildlife investigator, received a call from game warden Travis Crane in April 2013 that Crane had received a call from Kristin Pendray concerning a wounded deer on her property on Jim Mountain Road on Nov. 6, 2012. The property is located in mule deer hunt area 111.
Court records state Pendray told Crane she saw someone Nov. 6, 2012, dressed in camouflage and using binoculars north of her property. She yelled to the person, who then went to the property to the north, owned by Fellows. More....