Burney Man Nabbed in Idaho Poaching Case


Mar 11, 2001
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REDDING--Throughout the west, migrating wildlife species routinely cross state lines. So, it turns out, do the investigations of state game wardens.

A recent example has resulted in a $967 fine for a Shasta County man in connection with the illegal killing and waste of a white-tailed buck deer in the Austin Ridge Lookout area of Idaho last November.

Wilburn Lick, 76, of Burney received the fine after pleading guilty in Idaho County Court to two counts--possessing game unlawfully taken and wasteful destruction of big game. His Idaho hunting privileges also were forfeited for a year and he was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence.

Idaho conservation officers said last fall they were directed to the carcass of the buck, which had been shot and left to spoil. The antlers had been removed, but the remainder of the animal was untouched.

Narrowing the list of possible suspects based on hunting tag information and vehicle descriptions, the Idaho officials notified Department of Fish and Game warden Jake Bushey, who observed a fresh set of white-tail antlers nailed to the wall of a barn at Wilburn's residence.

Bushey said he confronted Lick, who admitted killing the deer. Lick was legally hunting elk in Idaho last fall, but did not have a deer tag for the area, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

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