Arrest made in blatant antelope killing. By The Associated Press. Billings Gazette.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

13 Responses to Arrest made in blatant antelope killing

  1. skyrim says:

    “Wyoming takes its big game seriously, and our office certainly takes this case seriously,” Johnson said.
    Well, lets see how seriously they take it…………….
    What a Dick!

  2. sal says:

    Don’t suppose they would have done much if it hadn’t hit the press. That’s when they usually get serious about anything.

  3. Jon Way says:

    If the guy did that with 2 wolves instead of antelope, Wyoming Fish and Game would have probably given him a medal of bravery…

  4. sal says:

    Ever notice how this sort of thing goes on with little impunity, if any, in states that have the lowest education ratings–states that spend the least per student–in the nation? And even if you didn’t originate there, you’ll be welcomed as long as you can prove you’re dumb as they want you to be.

  5. Robert Hoskins says:

    I think this incident is more an outcome of the influx of thousands of out of staters/permanent transients who’ve come to Wyoming to milk the coal-bed methane/natural gas boom. Poaching and mindless killing of wildlife is way up both in the Powder River Basin and the Green River Basin. Not to mention other crimes.

  6. Mike Post says:

    Poaching, wildlife harrassment, etc. is not being treated are not being treated as serious offences in many areas. This guy should have his hunting priveleges revoked for life, his/the company’s truck siezed (that would really make a differnce), and a fine imposed that breaks his finances and/or forces him to flee the area. We need to F U these folks because its the only response they understand. Then legitmate ethical hunters won’t have to put up with as much crap as we do from the great disconnected masses.

  7. Mack P. Bray says:

    Anyone know offhand who the district judge is?

    If not, I’ll call Sweetwater County Attorney Brett Johnson on Monday to find out who the district judge is and I’ll post his/her phone number and address so those that are interested can make contact and let the judge know their opinion of how Jonathan Hefner shoud be sentenced should he be found guilty of two counts of wanton destruction of big game, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine for each count.

    Mack P. Bray
    My opinions are my own

  8. squlpt says:

    Wow…what possesses someone to do something like that…

  9. Mack P. Bray says:

    Judge E. Victoria Schofield
    Circuit Court
    P.O. 1720
    Green River, WY 82935

    Jonathan Hefner
    Charged with two counts of wanton destruction of big game, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine for each count.

    Judge’s office told me to send ONLY opinions as to sentencing; anything related to the case or defendent will prejudice the judge. Judge’ office will send copies to prosecuting attorney’s office.

    Mack P. Bray
    My opinions are my own

  10. skyrim says:

    Good work Mack, Thank you……

  11. Mack P. Bray says:

    De nada, skyrim.

  12. Monty says:

    If he is quility, “hang him high”, very few of these “turds” are caught!

  13. Salle says:

    Perhaps they should do some time behind bars…? and some form of monetary consequence on top of losing most of the rights afforded by G&F?

    That’s what I would want to see them suffer through, at he very least.

    It’s a respect issue. There seems to be a severe lack of respect for wildlife and nature in general in the mainstream social context.


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