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WA officials say accused poacher bragged about the killings on social media. He was sentenced

WA officials say accused poacher bragged about the killings on social media.  He was sentenced

Officials say the 29-year-old hunter bragged about his illegal kills online, leading to charges against him in Western Washington.

Investigators began looking into the man in 2021 after seeing “multiple successful fishing spots,” the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a June 7 press release.

From there, police suspected he killed several moose in the North Bend area, about a 50-mile drive southeast of Seattle, officials said.

But there was more.

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Police discovered the man was illegally harassing deer, moose and black bears, then trespassed on private property to take the illegally killed animals, officials said.

He then posted photos of his kills on social media and bragged to friends about his “tracking and killing skills,” officials said.

At one point he said he “should be on extreme outdoor TV shows” because of his hunting skills, officials said.

However, according to officials, most of these poaching incidents occurred on his property or in a neighbor’s yard.

Hunter accused and convicted

Officials said wildlife police obtained search warrants for his social media and home. They found wildlife parts, meat, animals from the taxidermist and other evidence from his social media.

Officials said the man “has been charged with two counts of first-degree illegal big game hunting, 27 gross misdemeanor counts of second-degree illegal big game hunting, illegal black bear baiting and illegal waste of wildlife.”

Additionally, he was charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegally hunting or taking wild animals from private property.

He is accused of illegally killing four moose, four black bears and five black-tailed deer in the western part of the state.

Officials said the man was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and fined $8,000.

“(The man) attempted to portray himself as an outdoor celebrity by using social media to brag, when in fact there was nothing ethical about his actions,” department Capt. Dan Chadwick said in the release.

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