Green River Man Pleads Guilty to Deer Poaching

Travis Price of Green River, Wyoming pleaded guilty on September 5, 2012 to violating misdemeanor provisions of the Lacey Act during the illegal killing of a mule deer buck on Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) and the subsequent transportation of the mule deer off of Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Sweetwater County in October 2012.

In a plea agreement, Price admitted to unlawfully killing a mule deer on SNWR and transporting the deer to a family residence and a taxidermist in Green River, Wyoming. The government’s agreement with Price requires him to pay $4,000.00 in restitution and an additional $600.00 to pay for the complete professional taxidermy of the deer, which will be displayed at the SNWR Environmental Education Center.

Price’s prosecution was the result of a joint investigation between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department following an anonymous tip to Federal Wildlife Officers in October 2012.

The transportation of an illegally killed animal from federal refuges or out of the state where it was illegally taken in violation of federal, tribal or state laws is a violation of the Lacey Act, a federal wildlife protection law which includes maximum penalties of up to five years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

Anyone with information on any wildlife violation may call the STOP Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Tips may be reported to local game wardens or regional offices of the Game and Fish or reported online. Tips may result in a reward up to $5,000.00 and informants can chose to remain anonymous.