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Emery County man charged with killing cougar

EMERY COUNTY — The Emery County Attorney's Office filed charges in the Seventh District Court against local resident, Jeremy Lake, for the illegal killing of a cougar on January 20, 2013.

Lake accidentally trapped a cougar in an otherwise legal trap set on the Southeast Manti limited entry cougar unit. Rather than releasing the animal, Lake killed it and moved it to the San Rafael, where he possessed a valid harvest objective cougar permit.

Cougars may not be taken with a trapping device. Cougars that are accidentally trapped must be released unharmed and assistance for releasing accidentally caught cougar is available.

On February 5, 2013, Lake pleaded guilty to Wanton Destruction of a Protected Wildlife, a class A misdemeanor. The court ordered him to pay $750 in fines, fees, and restitution. He faces the potential suspension of his hunting and trapping privileges.

Individuals who have information about wildlife crimes are encouraged to contact the UTiP Hotline at 1-800-662-3337.

  • Investigator Roger Kerstetter
  • Additional contact:
    Lt. Justin Shirley

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