The following press release from Idaho Fish and Game probably qualifies as “damage control.”
“Idaho Fish and Game Director Cal Groen has notified the Fish and Game Department that he and hunting companions have been questioned regarding a reported trespass incident in the Elk City area.
The incident involves Groen in his personal, and not his official capacity.
Fish and Game officials have not been involved in the investigation of the incident. The Idaho County Sheriff and Idaho County Prosecutor are in charge of investigation and reviewing the matter.
Fish and Game reminds all hunters of the importance of knowing their hunting ground and to ask first before each hunting season to ensure they have appropriate permission to hunt on any private property.”
Meanwhile, an Idaho State Police trooper is under investigation in connection with a moose poaching case in the Coeur d’Alene area. Seems he may have taken a moose into a North Idaho taxidermist a day before the season opened…OOPS!
We also recall a long ago incident–also in Idaho County–which saw two hunters charged with illegally shooting from a public highway at a stuffed robotic deer (perhaps it was an elk) in a F&G sting. One of the hunters was an Idaho State trooper and the other was an Idaho County sheriff’s deputy. The trooper was told to hit the road–and not in a police cruiser. The deputy kept his job and paid a fine if memory serves.
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