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Idaho poacher receives lifetime hunting ban as part of his sentence

April 1, 2010 |  2:47 pm

 Elk in sunrise mist.

An Idaho Falls, Idaho, man has received a lifetime hunting ban as part of his sentence after pleading guilty to illegally killing five cow elk, with the Lemhi County prosecuting attorney calling the crime "one of the most egregious poaching cases I've ever seen."

Jerry G. Ferguson, 54, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of unlawful taking of big-game animals. His sentence also includes 60 days in jail and a $7,500 fine. Ferguson is also barred from possessing a firearm in the field or being in hunting camps for 10 years, reports the Idaho Statesman.

According to court documents, Ferguson shot and killed five cow elk in one day during a central Idaho hunting trip in December 2008. Hunters are only allowed one elk during open season.

Ryan Hilton, Idaho Fish and Game senior conservation officer, called Ferguson's actions "disgraceful."

"This was no accident, and not what we need pretending to represent what a sportsman really is," Hilton said.

The hunting prohibition will be enforced elsewhere in the nation. Idaho is a member of the 31-state Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, trapping and fishing licenses in member states, including California.

Ferguson's lifetime hunting ban can be reviewed in 10 years. 

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: An elk in sunrise mist. Credit: Barbara Swanson / San Diego Natural History Museum

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