Two Cody men pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor poaching charges Oct. 3 in Park County Circuit Court.
According to court documents, Ira Emanuel Fellows, a Cody motel owner, is charged with the high misdemeanor of knowingly take antlered or horned big or trophy game, and Andrew Dean Rogers, a taxidermist, was charged with high misdemeanor accessory before the fact – knowingly take antlered or horned big or trophy game.
Fellows and Rogers were arrested Oct. 2 and both were released on $1,500 unsecured bonds.
As part of their release, Fellows and Rogers are not allowed to hunt, fish or trap.
Pretrial hearings for both are set for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9.
According to court documents, Irah Leonetti, a Game and Fish Department wildlife investigator, received a call from game warden Travis Crane in April 2013 that Crane had received a call from Kristin Pendray concerning a wounded deer on her property on Jim Mountain Road on Nov. 6, 2012. The property is located in mule deer hunt area 111.
Court records state Pendray told Crane she saw someone Nov. 6, 2012, dressed in camouflage and using binoculars north of her property. She yelled to the person, who then went to the property to the north, owned by Fellows.
Later on Nov. 6, 2012, Pendray told Crane that Rogers allegedly drove into the Pendray residence, identified himself and explained to Kristin Pendray how he shot a buck mule deer with his cross-bow on Fellows’ property and it traveled onto Pendray’s propery, and he wanted permission to look for the deer.
Court records state Pendray contacted Crane after speaking to Rogers to inform him that she had given permission to Rogers to look for the deer on their property and would leave a gate open for him.
Crane called Pendray’s husband, David Pendray later that week and David said Rogers left a message on the Pendray’s machine saying he found the buck deer and found another way off the property.
But during a meeting with Crane in November, Rogers said he never found the wounded deer on the Pendray property, but lied so the Pendrays, who both are veterinarians, wouldn’t worry about the animal.
David Pendray said he saw the deer, which had antlers with a drop tine on each side, on his property Nov. 11-12. The last sighting of the deer was by Kristin Pendray on Nov. 13, 2012, according to court documents.
The last day of the 2012 deer season was Nov. 10.
Rogers was reportedly mounting a large mule deer buck at Big Horn Taxidermy Studio in Cody for Fellows, who had a Type I deer hunting license for Area 116 in 2012, according to court drecords.
G&F officials declined to comment on the case.
If Fellows or Rogers are found guilty, the maximum penalty is a $10,000 fine and a year in prison.
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