Outfitter sentenced for illegal mountain lion hunt
GRAND JUNCTION ” An Oak Creek outfitter pleaded guilty last week in federal court to leading a guided mountain-lion hunt in February without the required permit. He also was charged with falsely reporting where the animal was killed, the Bureau of Land Management reported.
Gary Singer, 35, owner of Which Way Outfitters, reported the mountain lion was killed near Burns, where he is permitted to guide, said Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
But the animal was killed 10 miles away near State Bridge, where Singer isn’t supposed to hunt, Hampton said.
Singer pleaded guilty to providing false information to the wildlife division and guiding without a permit on the land where the lion was killed. He was fined $12,000 and has been ordered to stay on roads when traveling through land owned by the Bureau of Land Management.
The federal land agency allows hunters to kill a certain number of the typically reclusive mountain lions, Hampton said.
All lions must be taken to a wildlife division office where sex, age and location of the kill are recorded by officials.
Singer falsely reported the location to officials and the hunter he was guiding knowingly signed-off on the form. The hunter, who lives outside the area, was fined $5,000.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555 ext. 450 or email@example.com.
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