CHEYENNE - A Burns man has received heavy fines, loss of hunting privileges, and probation following his conviction of poaching a buck antelope near Saratoga on Nov. 2, 2011.
Thomas Greenwood, 28, was fined a total of $16,180 by Carbon County Circuit Court Judge Jane Eakin. In addition, his rifle was confiscated, he received six years suspension of hunting privileges, 18 months probation, and a one year suspended jail sentence.
Greenwood shot the buck antelope just off Hwy. 130 north of Saratoga, because he had always wanted to "kill anantelope." A unique set of circumstances led to his arrest. Elk Mountain highway patrolman Tim Romig was traveling the same direction and saw a dying antelope near the road and a pickup speeding down the highway. Romig pulled the vehicle over and Greenwood confessed to shooting the antelope. Romig called Elk Mountain game warden Ryan Kenneda who arrived shortly on the scene and also received a confession from Greenwood.
Greenwood was charged with numerous violations including wanton destruction of a big game animal, shooting from avehicle, shooting the animal without a license, hunting in a closed season, and shooting the antelope with a caliber illegal for big game hunting. In addition, patrolman Romig issued Greenwood citations for shooting from a public road, reckless endangerment, and illegal parking since Greenwood stopped on the highway to shoot the animal.
Kenneda said it was due to the alertness of patrolman Romig, noticing the dying antelope and associating the pickup with the incident, that Greenwood was caught. In assessing the penalties, Judge Eakin told Greenwood that wildlife is one of Wyoming's jewels and wildlife crimes are taken very seriously.
Kenneda said this is just one more instance of an illegal kill depriving legal hunters of harvesting an animal in future years. The season in the hunt area had closed on Oct. 31.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)