Poaching Incident Results In $10,000 Fine

Photo #1Cooperation between the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department and the Wyoming Game & Fish Department is credited with the arrest of 39-year-old William K. Reynolds of Wamsutter for poaching.  Reynolds, a suspect in the case and who was known to have a suspended driver’s license was seen driving his pickup in Wamsutter was arrested for driving under suspension.  In the bed of Reynolds’s truck was the head of a huge, untagged mule deer buck.  Game and Fish Department seized the head and the buck’s carcass, which was located hanging in a shop in Wamsutter.  Authorities believe Reynolds killed the deer in the area south of Creston Junction.  Reynolds has pleaded guilty  to intentionally taking an antlered deer during a closed season and was ordered to pay a fine of $6,000, plus $4,000 in restitution and $40 in court costs, and sentenced to one year in the Carbon County jail.  He is currently serving 30 days of that sentence. The balance of his jail sentence, 335 days, was suspended. In addition Reynolds lost his hunting privileges in Wyoming until 2027.  Reynolds is also charged with multiple poaching violations in Fremont County; those cases are still pending.  Photo of the poached deer courtesy of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department.  (click to enlarge).

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