Men who killed mountain lion at Yellowstone banned from hunting

In Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, three men who were illegally hunting mountain lions in Yellowstone National Park and killed one, have been fined and banned from hunting, fishing or trapping worldwide for the next three years during their probation.

On December 12,  Austin Peterson, 20, Trey Juhnke, 20, and Corbin Simmons, 19, admitted to shooting the mountain lion in a clearly marked area of the park and carrying the animal’s dead body back to their truck. Simmons later denied that he killed the mountain lion in the park and told authorities he hunted the lion outside of the park boundaries.

According to the National Park Service press release, Peterson was ordered to pay approximately $1,700 in restitution and fees, and must serve three years of unsupervised probation, during which time he is banned from hunting, fishing, or trapping worldwide. Juhnke and Simmons received similar sentences at hearings in April 2019. All three pleaded guilty to the charges at prior court hearings.

The three men were found to have violated the Lacey Act of 1894, which prohibits the taking, selling or purchasing of wildlife from protected areas.

“Though seldom seen by the public, biologists estimate that 20-31 adult cougars reside year-round in the northern range (an average of 12-18 females and 8-13 males). These estimates are based on field surveys and statistical analyses conducted from 2014–2017. Biologists found higher estimates in the later years of the study. The numbers do not include kitten and sub-adult cougars which accompany a portion of the adult females each year. Monitoring efforts since 2017 suggest a stable population consistent with these estimates for previous years.”

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2 replies
  1. Pennysdachshunds says:

    I hate trappers in our State!!! Their Ethics are Next to None and they are brutal , brutal , Now it appears Hunters are following Suite!!!

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