A trio of Montana men have been sentenced for poaching a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park. The men crossed the northern boundary of the park and killed the cat back in December.
According to National Parks Traveler, Austin Peterson, Trey Juhnke, and Corbin Simmons each admitted to shooting the lion and transporting it back to their vehicle. Simmons then falsely claimed to have harvested the animal north of the park boundary in Montana.
All three men pleaded guilty to the violations and had sentences handed down.
Peterson was fined $1,700, and ordered to serve three years of unsupervised probation. During that time, he is banned from hunting, fishing, or trapping worldwide. Juhnke and Simmons received similar sentences at hearings in April.
“I would like to express a sincere thank you to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, law enforcement officers at Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Wyoming for being involved in this case,” said Yellowstone Chief Ranger Pete Webster. “Their thorough work spotlighted this egregious act and the consequences incurred for hunting illegally in Yellowstone National Park.”