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Trooper charged with poaching moose

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho State Police trooper accused of shooting a moose in Bonner County before the start of last fall's hunting season has been charged with misdemeanor poaching.

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson says he filed a misdemeanor charge because Cpl. Jeff Jayne has agreed to plead guilty. Jayne has said he incorrectly memorized the dates for the start of hunting season.

A plea agreement calls for a $500 fine, six months of unsupervised probation and the revocation of Jayne's hunting and fishing privileges for two years.

Idaho man jailed for poaching bull moose

A Genesee, Idaho, man convicted of poaching a bull moose lost his hunting privileges and will spend 45 days in jail.

Mitchell Sisler, 22, was sentenced last week on the felony charge of poaching. Another Genesee resident, Roy Wallace, pleaded guilty earlier. The men were jointly fined $10,000.

The case began n October 2008, when officers received a tip that the head and antlers of the moose had been hidden under a bridge.

Sisler and Wallace admitted to shooting the moose from the road without a tag and leaving most of the meat to rot.

In addition to 45 days in jail, Sisler also was sentenced to five years probation and had his hunting privileges revoked for life. But the court retained jurisdiction over his hunting privileges, which could be reinstated at a later date.

“There is a heavy price for poaching, and hopefully this sentence will deter others from doing it,” said Idaho Fish and Game District Conservation Officer Barry Cummings.

To report wildlife crimes, contact the Citizens Against Poaching hotline, (800) 632-5999.

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