Hunters Illegal Yellowstone Lion Kill Caught on Social Media

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Three hunters who illegally killed a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park last year were busted after authorities were alerted about pictures of the kill on social media outlets.In May, Austin Peterson (20), Trey Juhnke (20), and Corbin Simmons (19), were sentenced to a three-year worldwide hunting ban after other hunters tipped game wardens to pictures of the dead mountain lion shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, Fox News reported. According to investigation documents obtained by the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the hunters were also put on unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $1,666 each for the illegal kill.Montana hunting trio who illegally killed Yellowstone mountain lion left trail of photos on social media— kevin john stockman (@kevinjohnstock2) June 14, 2019“You know, we ended up getting a lot of this information from a guy in Bozeman [Montana] off of Facebook,” Yellowstone special agent Jake Olson told Simmons during an interview, per the documents. “Because you guys put a bunch of stuff on social media.”Photo Credit: United States Department of the InteriorOlson lectured Simmons on the incident and explained that some mountain lions can accidentally cross into Yellowstone National Park, and the right thing to do would have been to report the group of mountain lions and leave them unharmed.“Obviously, that’s where the major error occurred here,” Olson explained, per the documents. “You guys have to police yourself out there. You gotta do this right.”Photo Credit: United States Department of the InteriorEach of the hunters previously admitted that they shot the mountain lion in a marked area of Yellowstone National Park on Dec. 12, 2018 before they took it back to their car across the border. According to the documents, each of the hunters had mixed up stories when authorities held separate interviews for them. Details on boundary posts, Peterson’s GPS screen reportedly malfunctioning, and the lion’s death contradicted each other.According to the documents, authorities determined that all three hunters shot at the male mountain lion, and killed it after it crossed the Yellowstone National Park border. Authorities said the hunters violated the Lacey Act, which bans purchasing, selling, or taking wildlife from protected zones, including those in Yellowstone National Park.More on Lion Found Dead in California May Have Been PoisonedWatch: Colorado Runner Who Killed Mountain Lion Describes AttackBaby Mountain Lion Rescued From Home After Being Fed Bratwurst Stay on targetlast_img

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