CODY - In Park County Circuit Court on November 16, Wayne Lee Marshall of Cody pleaded guilty to taking a buck mule deer out of season. Marshall was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and restitution and will lose his hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges for three years.
Marshall admitted to shooting the buck deer, knowing the buck season was closed and that he did not have the proper license. Marshall also said he knew he might be caught.
Cody Region Game Warden Travis Crane said an anonymous Stop Poaching report alerted the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to Marshall’s illegal activity. When Crane responded to the report, he found Marshall in possession of a large buck mule deer that he admitted to shooting with two firearms north of Cody.
“It is unfortunate this large buck deer was poached before the season opened, depriving legal hunters the opportunity to harvest this trophy class animal,” Crane said. “Hunters go out every year in search of a trophy deer, and it is not fair to the legal hunter to have a deer stolen from them like this.”
“Judge Bruce Waters and County Attorney Bryan Skoric are to be commended for their work on this case and their commitment to wildlife in Wyoming,” Crane said. “The anonymous Stop Poaching tip from the public and the successful prosecution of this case by the county attorney’s office sends a clear message that wildlife violations are not to be taken lightly in Park County.”
If you witness a wildlife violation, please call the Stop Poaching Hotline at 877-WGFD-TIP. Tips are most helpful when they include specific information such as the date, time, location, and details about the suspected violation. Include a physical description of the suspected violator, as well as a license plate number and description of any vehicles involved in the incident. You may also report violations at wgfd.wyo.gov. Upon successful prosecution of defendants, tips may result in a cash reward of up to $5,000. Informants may choose to remain anonymous.
(Contact: Tara Teaschner (307) 527-7125)