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Moose poacher loses hunting privileges for 15 years

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GREAT FALLS - The state wildlife agency says a 22-year-old Choteau man has lost his hunting privileges for 15 years for poaching a moose along the Rocky Mountain Front in November 2009.

Eli Baker was sentenced on May 19 after acknowledging that he was intoxicated when he shot and left a bull moose with antlers 30 inches wide along Teton River Road on the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say Teton County Justice of the Peace Pete Howard suspended a 2-year jail sentence and a $6,140 fine on the condition that Baker complete 250 hours of community service. Howard ordered Baker to pay $1,000 in restitution and take a hunter education course.



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