One Colorado hunting guide has been sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to provide clients with illegal bobcat & mountain lion hunts.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports that last Thursday, November 20th, a federal court in Denver, Colorado sentenced Christopher W. Loncarich to 27 months in prison after he pled guilty to selling guiding services for bobcat and mountain lion hunts that were illegal.
Loncarich, 55, of Mack, Colorado pled guilty to offering illegal hunts for mountain lions and bobcats in both Colorado and Utah from 2007-2010. In addition to guiding hunters who did not posses a valid Utah hunting license for either species, both Loncarich and his assistant guides trapped, shot, and caged mountain lions in an effort to raise client success rates.
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Loncarich charged clients between $700 and $1,500 for bobcat hunts. Mountain lion hunts, however, cost Loncarich’s clients anywhere from $3,500 to $7,500.
According to a plea deal between Loncarich and prosecutors, Loncarich has been charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act. A federal act which prohibits the willful transportation, sale, or interstate commerce in any wildlife that has been taken or possessed in violation of state laws or regulations, the Lacey Act would prevent Loncarich from wounding and trapping animals for out of state clients (among other aspects of his operation).
Four men who served as Loncarich’s assistant guides have pleaded guilty to several Lacey Act violations in connection with the work they did for Loncarich.
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