Three New York state men have paid a total of $3,645 in fines and restitution for illegally hunting elk in Montana.
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Todd Anderson of Glasgow said Lawrence Butler, 61, and Richard Levandowski, 63, each of Clay, N.Y., and Richard Haselmeyer, 44, of Syracuse, N.Y., were charged with misdemeanor criminal citations in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court in Helena, Mont., for the violations during the 2010 hunting season.
According to court records, Butler was fined $1,305 and ordered to pay $500 in restitution for possessing an unlawfully killed bull elk, hunting an elk without a valid license, and using another person’s hunting license. Butler also lost hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for two years in Montana and the 38 other states participating in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Levandowski was fined $770 for loaning an elk license to another person and unlawfully possessing and transporting an illegally killed elk. Haselmeyer was fined $1,070 for hunting a game animal without a valid license and unlawfully possessing and transporting an illegally killed elk.
Glasgow-area FWP Warden Todd Tryan, FWP Region 6 Investigator Lennie Buhmann and FWP Region 7 Warden Mike Krings traveled to New York last year to investigate. They were assisted there by officers with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. One unlawfully killed bull elk was recovered in the case.
“This case would not have come to a successful conclusion without the assistance of the New York conservation officers,” Buhmann said.