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Wildlife Advocate Guilty of Poaching Elk

Marv Hoyt, the head of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s Idaho office, has plead guilty to poaching two elk last November.

The Idaho State Journal reported on Tuesday that Hoyt will retire from his post at the end of December.

On November 19, 2013, Hoyt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of unlawful taking of game and wasteful destruction of wildlife.

He will serve four years of supervised probation, 32 hours of community service, and will have his hunting privileges revoked for an undetermined amount of years. He has also been fined $2,100 and must pay $2,750 in restitution.

“GYC deeply regrets this incident and in no way either condones or excuses Marv Hoyt’s judgment,” read an official statement from the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

On November 2, Hoyt killed three elk while hunting in Caribou County, Idaho. He was only permitted to take one elk, but shot three and harvested only one of them.

A week later, an Idaho Fish and Game officer found three wasted elk carcasses during a hunting trip in the same area on November 9, 2013.

The officer’s report noted that three elk were found within 100 yards of one another. Only one of the elk the officers found was harvested for its meat.

Hoyt is currently on vacation, and will be relieved of his position at the end of the month.

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Wildlife Advocate Guilty of Poaching Elk