Friday, September 21, 2001

Trio are sentenced after admitting to poaching elk

The Associated Press

        HYDEN — Three men have pleaded guilty to poaching an elk calf on an abandoned surface mine in Leslie County.

        Roger Hensley, 36, and Wendell Asher, 36, were sentenced to jail. The third man, Erwing Daniel Bowling, 37, was given probation, WYMT-TV in Hazard reported.

        Conservation officers from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources charged the men with taking or possessing wild elk out of season.

        They were accused of running over the elk with a four-wheeler, then dragging it off a mountaintop to be butchered. The calf was part of a herd being re-established in the Appalachian area.

        Leslie County District Judge Renee Muncy sentenced Mr. Hensley to two months in jail, Mr. Asher to 20 days and Mr. Bowling to probation. Judge Muncy also revoked their hunting privileges for three years.

        In addition, Mr. Hensley and Mr. Asher were ordered to pay more than $2,000 in fines and restitution to replace the elk.


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