Teton County man sentenced for illegal antler hunting

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Teton County man has been fined $15,000 and stripped of his hunting privileges for five years for illegally hunting for elk antlers on federal land in Wyoming.

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

KTWO-AM reports Joshua Anders Rae was sentenced this week by U.S. Magistrate R. Michael Shickich in Casper.

Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Mark Trimble says Rae was charged with entering federal land in northwest Wyoming during the winter when antler collection was closed to the public, locating elk antlers and stashing them for collection later.

KTWO-AM also reports that during his 5 year suspension , Rae is banned from the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, except for necessary travel across state and federal highways, according to the judgment.

Shed antlers have become valued for their use in home decor and fixtures.

Information from: KTWO-AM, http://www.k2radio.com/

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