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Flathead Valley teens nailed for poaching spree

A buck white-tailed deer pees through a forest of yellowing larch. (Donald Jones)
A buck white-tailed deer pees through a forest of yellowing larch. (Donald Jones)

HUNTING -- Some people hate wolves because they kill big game. How then do we react to high school students who get a thrill out of poaching?

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) – The final person involved in a Flathead Valley poaching case has been sentenced for his role in the illegal shooting of 15 deer and a cow elk.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say nine young men were prosecuted on charges that they hunted out of season, used artificial lights and wasted game animals. The sentences, which wrapped up on Nov. 1, included more than $16,000 in fines and restitution and the loss of a total of 47 years of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges.

Agency spokesman John Fraley says most of those involved were high school students under the age of 18.

Most of the animals were killed in the Flathead Valley, although a trophy whitetail buck was killed in Liberty County.

FWP officials thanked the school resource officer at Flathead High School for his help with the investigation.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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