Target: Jake Albrecht, Chair, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and William G. Kane, Chair, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Goal: Permanently revoke hunting licenses from hunters found guilty of breaking the law
Two hunting guides have been capturing and wounding mountain lions and bobcats, then bringing them across state lines to provide easy hunting for their clients. While these men have plead guilty to these counts and are awaiting sentencing, measures need to be taken so that they never have the ability to hunt again.
Christopher W. Loncarich and his lead assistant Nicholaus J. Rodgers have both plead guilty to felony conspiracy charges of transporting wildlife taken or possessed in violation of state laws. Primarily operating on the Western Colorado and Eastern Utah borders, they offer their clients six day hunt excursions in the Bookcliffs Mountains. Loncarich had previously been praised for providing his clients the ability to kill two cats within such a reasonable hunt schedule.
To make the hunt easier for clients, these men have been trapping bobcats and mountain lions, disabling the animal by shooting them in the leg or attaching a leghold trap, then releasing the cats just prior to the hunting excursion.
Both of these men have plead guilty to felony charges under a plea agreement and are awaiting sentencing. Normally conviction on such a felony can result in five years in prison or a maximum fine of $250,000. Since the men have been working within a plea agreement, it is doubtful they will receive maximum sentencing.
No matter what punishment these men receive, under no circumstances should they ever be allowed to hunt again. The wildlife commissions overseeing hunting licenses in the states in which they were operating need to immediately and permanently revoke any licensing issued to these men.
Dear Mr. Albrecht and Mr. Kane,
Christopher W. Loncarich and Nicholaus J. Rodgers have both plead guilty to The Lacey Act in conjunction with their actions of trapping and wounding bobcats and mountain lions only to release them for the benefit of their clients’ hunting excursions.
Their blatant disregard for your state laws and regulations related to hunting are obvious. This coupled with their abuse of wildlife for gain of profit shows they cannot be trusted to ever hunt in good faith within your jurisdiction again.
You must immediately and permanently revoke any licensing for hunts issued to these men. They have proven by their actions they do not deserve this consideration.
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