Thursday, 12 November 2015

Idaho hunter accused of poaching famous deer reaches plea deal

State recommends 90-day jail sentence, fine and lifetime hunting license suspension for Jacob Pool: ‘I hate myself for it because I respect animals’

Associated Press
Tuesday 3 November 2015 23.47 GMTLast modified on Tuesday 3 November 201523.48 GMT

A hunter accused of poaching a well-known and well-liked buck in Twin Falls last winter has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Jacob Pool, 34, pleaded guilty last week to a felony count of killing or wasting a trophy mule deer during a closed season and a reduced misdemeanor count of destructing or concealing evidence, the Times-News reported.

As part of the plea agreement, the state has recommended a 90-day jail sentence for the misdemeanor charge, probation for the felony charge, a roughly $3,100 fine and a lifetime suspension of his hunting license.

“This is just one example of what goes on with some regularity,” Idaho department of fish and game regional conservation officer Josh Royse said. “These animals are owned by the state of Idaho. Any animal that is illegally harvested is stolen from a lawful hunter. We work to investigate and prevent these things when we can, but we need the help of the public.”
The case has helped raise awareness of illegal hunting, Royse added.

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