Press: Guilty Plea in Idaho Mountain Lion Poaching Incident



UPDATE Thursday, May 8, 4:29 p.m.:

A North Idaho man has been sentenced for violating the Lacey Act by aiding and abetting the unlawful acquisition and transportation of a mountain lion. The crime is a misdemeanor. 

Jacob Navarro, the son of Tod Navarro of Naples who pled guilty to the same charges April 30, faces a $750 fine and a $25 assessment, as well as a five-year probation. He's also banned from the use of firearms during the probation and from hunting or fishing anywhere in the United States for a minimum of three years.

The ban extends to five years if Jacob Navarro does not earn his GED, attend hunter safety training and serve 50 hours of community service.  

Original Post April 30, 9:13 a.m.:

An Idaho man faces up to a year behind bars after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting the poaching of mountain lions.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports this morning that 49-year-old Tod Navarro of Naples entered the pleas in an Idaho panhandle courtroom. Federal prosecutors also said that Navarro had helped transport three mountain lions that were shot in Idaho to North Dakota.

Navarro's son and an acquaintance have already pleaded guilty to the same charges.

The Press reports that in a plea agreement, Navarro admitted to allowing his Idaho hunting tag to be put on a mountain lion taken by a hunter from North Dakota, knowing that it was going to be transported out of state. Navarro also admitted to using hunting dogs in the poaching incident.

When Navarro is sentenced on July 21, in addition to a possible year in prison, he faces a $100,000 fine and up to five years of probation. He has already had his hunting privileges revoked for up to five years.

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