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.