Johnson County Elk Poaching Case Settled

On April 28, 2014 a Gillette Woman, Prairie Whiteface, entered a plea of guilty to the illegal take of two elk without proper licenses in 2011 and 2013. The case was initiated in October 2013, when Gillette Game Wardens Dustin Kirsch and Teal Joseph relayed information they had received regarding a possible poaching incident to Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman. The violations occurred on a private ranch near the Powder River east of Buffalo. After Warden Seeman received the information he recalled a similar type violation that occurred in 2009 involving the same defendant. In that case, Whiteface’s license was given to a Texas man to use when he harvested a buck mule deer. The Texas man was charged with taking a deer without a proper license and paid a fine of $780.00. The mule deer was also confiscated.

In the elk cases, it was Whiteface that used licenses in 2011 and 2013 that were not issued to her. After the Gillette wardens and Seeman collected physical evidence about both elk, Seeman had enough information to interview her on October 27, 2013. During the interview Whiteface admitted to killing both elk and having the elk she killed in 2011 mounted. Due to the seriousness of the elk violations, and because of the previous case in 2009, Johnson County Deputy Attorney Ryan Wright decided to charge Whiteface requesting fines and restitution totaling $19,500.00.

In addition to fines and restitution, Whiteface lost her privilege to purchase licenses and hunt for a 3 year period. With her hunting privileges suspended in Wyoming, Whiteface will not be able to purchase hunting licenses in 38 other states that are members of the Wildlife Violators Compact. Both elk heads were confiscated and the meat from the elk taken in 2013 was donated to a family.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : BuffaloJohnson CountyTexasWyoming
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