Donald Bradley Lynn Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 1, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, DONALD BRADLEY LYNN, a 57-year-old resident of Malta, appeared for sentencing. LYNN was sentenced to a term of:
- Fine: $1,500
- Special Assessment: $25
- Restitution: $2,000
- Special Conditions: Prohibited from outfitting or guiding on federal lands for a period of two (2) years
LYNN was sentenced after being found guilty of Lacey Act violations following a bench trial on May 12-13, 2010, before Magistrate Judge Strong.
In Findings of Fact filed by the Court, the government proved at trial the following:
LYNN, a Montana resident, was a hunting outfitter licensed by the State of Montana. LYNN was hired by Mississippi resident C.W. to provide outfitting services for a deer hunt in Montana. C.W. was in Mississippi when he arranged the hunt with LYNN. C.W.'s hunting party included his father and two brothers. All four individuals were from Mississippi.
On November 18, 2006, J.W., C.W.'s brother, shot a deer on the "island." The "island" is also known as the "Dead River" area. The "Dead River" area is an area of Montana within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. J.W. was taken to the "Dead River" area by LYNN. Neither J.W. or LYNN are enrolled members of the Fort Belknap Indian Community. Neither individual was licensed to hunt deer within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
Publically available BLM maps from 2001 and 2007 show the "Dead River" area as Tribal land. The 2006 Montana Hunting Regulations also state, "Only tribal members are allowed to hunt big game on Indian Reservations, unless otherwise provided for by agreements between the State of Montana and Tribal Government." Many resources are publically available to determine the reservation boundary.
LYNN reported J.W.'s deer was shot in Hunting District 611. LYNN told J.W. to tell game wardens that the deer was shot on a ranch outside reservation boundaries and some distances from where J.W. actually shot the deer.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Fort Belknap Fish & Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.