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IDAHO FISH AND GAME

HEADQUARTERS NEWS RELEASE

Boise, ID

Date: September 22, 2008

Contact: Ed Mitchell

(208) 334-3700

deer poacher loses hunting privileges for life

Poaching deer has cost a Pocatello man his hunting and fishing privileges for life, a month and a half in jail and more than $21,000 in fines.

In the fall of 2007, Russell D. Mee, 53, killed at least three deer in Arbon Valley and dumped two deer near his property when he suspected he was being investigated by Idaho Fish and Game.

Charges were filed by the Power County prosecuting attorney in American Falls. And on September 11, District Court Judge Peter McDermott sentenced Mee in connection with the illegal killing and wasting of deer.

"Our state wildlife forensic laboratory, headed by Dr. Karen Rudolph, was critical in this case, because it was able to show through DNA analysis that the only person who could have committed this crime was Russell Mee," Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer Scott Wright said. "Mee was in no hurry to confess to anything, and without this evidence he would have probably gotten away with it."

McDermott told Mee in court that the facts in this case showed that he was a poacher, and his days in the mountains were over. He sentenced Mee to 10 years in state prison, suspended barring any violation of his probation.

During the 10 years probation, Mee may not accompany anyone engaged in hunting, fishing or trapping, and he may not have in his possession any wild animal or wild animal parts. Any violation of this probation will result in Mee being ordered to serve his 10-year prison sentence.

In addition, Mee was ordered to pay $21,450 in fines and restitution to the state, the majority of which will go to pay for the cost of the DNA testing. Mee's hunting, fishing and trapping privileges were suspended for life, and he was sentenced to 45 days in the Power County jail.

"I think this sentence sends a message to would-be poachers; if you choose to steal animals from the people of the state of Idaho and are caught, it could have a significant negative impact on the rest of your life," Wright said.

This case was possible only because a concerned citizen with information about the crime became involved and called Idaho Fish and Game. Citizens Against Poaching paid this confidential informant a cash reward.

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its good and bad.. do you honestly think it will keep this guy from killing anything for the rest of his life though? its a lose lose situation in cases like this if you ask me

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it's one thing if you are broke as hell and go nab a deer to keep your family from starving, it's a whole different thing if you are just hunting because you enjoy it and killing deer just to leave them to rot, that is totally wrong and should be punished to the fullest extent, I feel no compassion for this man and hope it sends a message to people who consider wasting our wild game.

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it's one thing if you are broke as hell and go nab a deer to keep your family from starving, it's a whole different thing if you are just hunting because you enjoy it and killing deer just to leave them to rot, that is totally wrong and should be punished to the fullest extent, I feel no compassion for this man and hope it sends a message to people who consider wasting our wild game.

That's the line I draw. There are folks that are genuinely trying to keep their kids from going hungry, then there are a-holes like this guy. He's screwed for hunting in any other western states too, because if I remember right, all western states share info, so if you lose your priviliges in one, you lose them in all.

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