Feb 12, 2015

Former Powell man fined, jailed for wildlife violations

After three separate court appearances last November, a former Powell resident received approximately $2,500 in fines, lost eight years of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges and served 12 days in jail for multiple misdemeanor wildlife violations.

Powell Game Warden Chris Queen’s investigation began in November with an anonymous tip that Jacob Adkins, 19, had illegally shot a deer.

Deer are shown in rural Cody in this file photo.
Queen found that Adkins had actually illegally harvested three animals: one deer in the McCullough Peaks and two more in Big Horn County.

At a Nov. 24 appearance in Big Horn County Circuit Court in Lovell, Adkins pleaded guilty to taking two deer during a closed season. The following day at Park County Circuit Court in Powell, he pleaded guilty to taking a deer in the closed McCullough Peaks area and not tagging the animal.

For those violations, Adkins was fined $1,500 and lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for five years.

That would have ended the story, but just three hours after the Nov. 25 court appearance in Powell, wildlife officers caught Adkins trying to buy bobcat and coyote furs in Lovell without a fur dealer’s license.

“Despite a suspension of privileges, a warning, and multiple court appearances, this young man chose to continually ignore wildlife regulations,” Queen said.

Adkins was arrested, and the following day he appeared in Big Horn County Circuit Court in Basin to plead guilty to buying furs without a fur dealer’s license. He received $1,040 in additional fines and assessments and lost three more years of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges. Adkins ended up serving 12 days in jail, with another 168 days suspended.

Queen said he’d specifically warned Adkins about the need to get a fur dealer’s license, having learned during the investigation that Adkins had bought several muskrat furs without a license and acquired a snowshoe hare without a small game license.

“Despite a suspension of privileges, a warning, and multiple court appearances, this young man chose to continually ignore wildlife regulations,” Queen said in a Jan. 16 statement released by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Adkins currently is serving a six-month term of unsupervised probation, court records say, and he has moved to Kentucky.

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