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Illegal Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunting Case

Capitol Reef National Park

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In October of 2002, Bradley Turner was convicted of numerous violations stemming from the taking of a desert bighorn sheep during an illegal hunt in the park and in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. As part of his sentencing, Turner was banned from hunting or participating in hunts in either area (hunting is already a prohibited activity within the park).  In October, 2006, park rangers again found Turner guiding sheep hunters in and near the park.  On October 1, 2007, a federal magistrate found Turner in violation of his probation from the 2002 conviction. His probation was extended an additional year and was expanded to include specific definitions of what constitutes participating in hunts. This latest court decision was a result of a joint investigation by staff from Capitol Reef National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.



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