RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man who pleaded guilty to illegally hunting mountain lions and deer using bait has been banned from hunting for nine years.
Thirty-nine-year-old William Colson VI pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor charges, including conspiracy to unlawfully possess a big game animal. The Rapid City Journal reports that his hunting license was revoked a year for each charge.
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks officials say the sentence does not allow him to hunt anywhere in the United States.
Magistrate Judge Bernard Schuchmann suspended jail time but ordered Colson to serve probation and pay a fine of $11,500.
Authorities say Colson and another man placed five dead deer at Spring Creek Canyon in southwestern Rapid City to lure mountain lions between December 2015 and January 2016.
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com