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District of Idaho

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Oregon Man Sentenced For Lacey Act Violation

Admits Aiding and Abetting Unlawful Acquisition and Transportation of Three Mountain Lions

COEUR D’ALENE – Christopher Wilson, 33, of Elgin, Oregon, was sentenced today in United States Magistrate Court to five years of probation for one count of aiding and abetting the unlawful acquisition and transportation of a mountain lion, a misdemeanor, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. United States Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ordered Wilson to pay a $500 fine and a $25 special assessment, and banned him from the use of firearms during his probation term. Additionally, Wilson is banned from hunting and fishing anywhere in the United States for a minimum of three years. The ban will extend to five years if the defendant does not earn his GED, attend hunter safety training, and serve 25 hours of community service.

According to the plea agreement, Wilson admitted that on January 19 and 20, 2012, he aided and abetted the unlawful hunting and transporting of three Pumas concolors, more commonly known as mountain lions. Wilson admitted that he allowed his Idaho tag to be put on a mountain lion taken by a hunter from North Dakota.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Idaho Fish and Game.

Updated December 15, 2014