DENVER (AP) — A western Colorado outfitter who captured and maimed mountain lions and bobcats to make hunting easier for clients has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that 56-year-old Christopher W. Loncarich of Mack was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years’ probation for illegally killing wildlife.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Fire Danger Ahead Of Next Storm System
Loncarich sold bobcat and mountain lion hunts for up to $7,500. Loncarich and his assistants would locate cats prior to a client’s arrival and then “shorten up” the hunt by caging the animals, then releasing them when the client was present. Sometimes cats were shot in the paws or stomach.READ MORE: Deadly Hit & Run At I-70 And Pecos Street Under Investigation
Loncarich also took people who didn’t have Utah licenses on hunts in Utah.
Three of Loncarich’s guides were sentenced to probation.MORE NEWS: Jackknifed Semi That Took Out Guardrail In Icy Conditions Led To I-70 Closure
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