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December 20, 2013

Idaho Director of Greater Yellowstone Coalition Pleads Guilty to Poaching

By Ben Romans

Marv Hoyt, the Idaho director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC), an agency that tasked itself with protecting water, land and wildlife (including elk) in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, is leaving his position after admitting to killing three elk and leaving two to waste this past hunting season.

According to the Idaho Statesman, Idaho Fish and Game officer Blake Phillips found one dead elk while hunting November 9th in Idaho’s Nate Canyon area. He called in two other officers to help with an investigation which uncovered three dead elk within 100 yards of one another, but only one with the meat removed. They noted the other two, including one camouflaged with branches cut from a nearby tree, were shot in the hind quarter, then dispatched in the head at close range, and left to waste.

When the officers questioned the landowner and another resident, they said Hoyt had been hunting there a few days earlier, and had broken game laws in previous years by attaching other hunter’s tags to cow elk he’d shot.

Hoyt admitted one kill to the officers and showed them the harvested meat, but repeatedly denied killing any other animals. However, he eventually pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful taking of game and wasteful destruction of wildlife (both misdemeanors) and was sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended), fined more than $2,100, ordered to pay $2,750 in restitution, placed on supervised probation for four years, ordered to serve 32 hours of community service and had his hunting privileges revoked.

GYC communications director Jeff Welsch says Hoyt wasn’t fired from his position, but he will resign after he returns from vacation at the end of December.

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from rock rat wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

He was more than Idaho director, for years he sat on the board. Hoyt did some good work on stopping destructive mining, but he was also part of that entire pro predator thing.

I was reading last night about a time in 08 he recommended a special prosecutor for anyone in Idaho who illegally shot a wolf. It was in response to some guy that shot one that was getting at his horse.

Originally I think he came out of Trout Unlimited, Back Country Hunters and Anglers also belong to Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

The silence from all involved is deafening.

This guy shot a couple elk in the ass then when he thought the meat might not be good enough he shot another. I think maybe he just hated elk, wanted to kill a bunch.

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from labrador12 wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Where is the John Beale headline? EPA Climate Scientist, the highest paid EPA employee, pleads guilty for lying and committing fraud. I don't trust the quality of Mr Beale's work, do you?

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from Steward wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

"Vacation"? That should have been the 30 days in jail!

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from Bob81 wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Lab,
Just read about the John Beale story. Pretty outrageous stuff.

However, as far as I can tell, calling him an "EPA Climate Scientist" isn't even close to accurate. It sounds like he was more an administrator/policy advisor. He belongs in jail, either way.

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from wittsec wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Why was the jail time suspended? Why were the fines so low? A person in that position abusing his power should have been made an example of, in my opinion.

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from labrador12 wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Mr Beale and Mr Hoyt represent the reality that the non corporate world has its fair share of unethical bad actors. Greed and unethical behavior should not be tolerated. Political correctness shouldn't add up to a get out of jail card for these types. Neither of these criminals should be forgiven because of their "big green" credentials.

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from Bob81 wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

Lab,
The WORLD has its share of unethical actors. For every Beale, there are a dozen Madoff's, etc.

Anyways, I haven't hear anyone arguing for leniency in Beale's case, but he sure shouldn't be granted any.

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from labrador12 wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

Bob you must be talking about Richard Windsor, the illegal alter ego of the former EPA head. Government illegalities are worse than, by geometrical calculations, corporate ones.

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from buckstopper wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

Is he old, lazy or stupid?

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from jmrcexplorer wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

The punishment for poaching is pretty pathetic. I'm glad he got caught and his hunting rights are revoked, but these fines should be higher. 32 hours of community service is one month of Saturdays washing police cars.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 17 weeks 1 day ago

No indication in the article as to the length of his suspension from hunting in Idaho. I believe that will also mean he cannot hunt in thirty-some other states? If the judge simply suspended his hunting for this year, then the sentence was a waste of time. Taking their hunting away is the only way to hurt these rich slobs. Money and wimpy community service means nothing.

In any event, he will be permanently held in no esteem by his fellow holier-than-thou environmentalists. That in itself should be extraordinarily punishing for a conceited self-promoter like this guy. Like a bar-fly alcoholic who goes on the wagon, Hoyt suddenly doesn't have a life or friends anymore. That should hit him pretty hard. I hope.

Say, isn't Dangle also from Idaho Falls?

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from Gary Devine wrote 17 weeks 5 hours ago

A state suspension only applies to that state's jurisdiction.
A state hunting suspension should apply nationwide.

Then all the suspended poachers and outlaws can go up and hunt in Canada. Ontario Honker, do you really want that to happen? LOL

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 16 weeks 6 days ago

Gary, there is a cooperative agreement between almost forty of the states to automatically enforce punishments for poaching violations across each cooperating state's borders. Others have cited it here before. Someone help me with the name. Old timer's disease strikes again.

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from ozarkghost wrote 16 weeks 4 days ago

ontario are looking for reciprocal agreements? I think that is the term. I know that AR and MS and maybe LA have reciprocal agreements in place on shared water ways for fishing/hunting limits and sizes etc. I believe that they also honor hunting privilege restrictions as well. I do agree that all states should honor another states hunting revocations and that all hunting weapons, should be confiscated by the state until the person can legally hunt again. If it is a life time ban then sell the guns and use the money wisely.

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from Big Juan wrote 16 weeks 2 days ago

Did anyone see the Daily show that Marv was on last year? What a clown. Rock Rat commented that he helped stop some destructive mining. Not quite. He did pursue lawsuits to "protect" about a mile of so called roadless area by making one mining company build an alternate haul road that disturbed about 6 miles instead. His intentions may have been good, but most extremists do more harm in the name of good than if they just used some common sense.

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from TinEagle wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

It seems there are quite a few of the connected elite who get away with poaching. Our illustrious Sec of State, J. Fraud Kerry, while on the Presidential campaign trail in 2008 had a great photo opportunity showing he was a friend of outdoorsmen everywhere, in fact he wanted to prove it by showing he was a fellow hunter. His photo op was during a duck hunt. When asked to show his hunting license and proof of a Hunter Safety Certificate to get his license, he said 1st that the paperwork was in the possession of his campaign manager and 2nd, that the requirements for both were waived.

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from Steward wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

"Vacation"? That should have been the 30 days in jail!

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from TinEagle wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

It seems there are quite a few of the connected elite who get away with poaching. Our illustrious Sec of State, J. Fraud Kerry, while on the Presidential campaign trail in 2008 had a great photo opportunity showing he was a friend of outdoorsmen everywhere, in fact he wanted to prove it by showing he was a fellow hunter. His photo op was during a duck hunt. When asked to show his hunting license and proof of a Hunter Safety Certificate to get his license, he said 1st that the paperwork was in the possession of his campaign manager and 2nd, that the requirements for both were waived.

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from rock rat wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

He was more than Idaho director, for years he sat on the board. Hoyt did some good work on stopping destructive mining, but he was also part of that entire pro predator thing.

I was reading last night about a time in 08 he recommended a special prosecutor for anyone in Idaho who illegally shot a wolf. It was in response to some guy that shot one that was getting at his horse.

Originally I think he came out of Trout Unlimited, Back Country Hunters and Anglers also belong to Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

The silence from all involved is deafening.

This guy shot a couple elk in the ass then when he thought the meat might not be good enough he shot another. I think maybe he just hated elk, wanted to kill a bunch.

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from Bob81 wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Lab,
Just read about the John Beale story. Pretty outrageous stuff.

However, as far as I can tell, calling him an "EPA Climate Scientist" isn't even close to accurate. It sounds like he was more an administrator/policy advisor. He belongs in jail, either way.

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from wittsec wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Why was the jail time suspended? Why were the fines so low? A person in that position abusing his power should have been made an example of, in my opinion.

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from labrador12 wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Mr Beale and Mr Hoyt represent the reality that the non corporate world has its fair share of unethical bad actors. Greed and unethical behavior should not be tolerated. Political correctness shouldn't add up to a get out of jail card for these types. Neither of these criminals should be forgiven because of their "big green" credentials.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bob81 wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

Lab,
The WORLD has its share of unethical actors. For every Beale, there are a dozen Madoff's, etc.

Anyways, I haven't hear anyone arguing for leniency in Beale's case, but he sure shouldn't be granted any.

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from labrador12 wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

Bob you must be talking about Richard Windsor, the illegal alter ego of the former EPA head. Government illegalities are worse than, by geometrical calculations, corporate ones.

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from buckstopper wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

Is he old, lazy or stupid?

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from jmrcexplorer wrote 17 weeks 5 days ago

The punishment for poaching is pretty pathetic. I'm glad he got caught and his hunting rights are revoked, but these fines should be higher. 32 hours of community service is one month of Saturdays washing police cars.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 17 weeks 1 day ago

No indication in the article as to the length of his suspension from hunting in Idaho. I believe that will also mean he cannot hunt in thirty-some other states? If the judge simply suspended his hunting for this year, then the sentence was a waste of time. Taking their hunting away is the only way to hurt these rich slobs. Money and wimpy community service means nothing.

In any event, he will be permanently held in no esteem by his fellow holier-than-thou environmentalists. That in itself should be extraordinarily punishing for a conceited self-promoter like this guy. Like a bar-fly alcoholic who goes on the wagon, Hoyt suddenly doesn't have a life or friends anymore. That should hit him pretty hard. I hope.

Say, isn't Dangle also from Idaho Falls?

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from Gary Devine wrote 17 weeks 5 hours ago

A state suspension only applies to that state's jurisdiction.
A state hunting suspension should apply nationwide.

Then all the suspended poachers and outlaws can go up and hunt in Canada. Ontario Honker, do you really want that to happen? LOL

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 16 weeks 6 days ago

Gary, there is a cooperative agreement between almost forty of the states to automatically enforce punishments for poaching violations across each cooperating state's borders. Others have cited it here before. Someone help me with the name. Old timer's disease strikes again.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ozarkghost wrote 16 weeks 4 days ago

ontario are looking for reciprocal agreements? I think that is the term. I know that AR and MS and maybe LA have reciprocal agreements in place on shared water ways for fishing/hunting limits and sizes etc. I believe that they also honor hunting privilege restrictions as well. I do agree that all states should honor another states hunting revocations and that all hunting weapons, should be confiscated by the state until the person can legally hunt again. If it is a life time ban then sell the guns and use the money wisely.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Big Juan wrote 16 weeks 2 days ago

Did anyone see the Daily show that Marv was on last year? What a clown. Rock Rat commented that he helped stop some destructive mining. Not quite. He did pursue lawsuits to "protect" about a mile of so called roadless area by making one mining company build an alternate haul road that disturbed about 6 miles instead. His intentions may have been good, but most extremists do more harm in the name of good than if they just used some common sense.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from labrador12 wrote 17 weeks 6 days ago

Where is the John Beale headline? EPA Climate Scientist, the highest paid EPA employee, pleads guilty for lying and committing fraud. I don't trust the quality of Mr Beale's work, do you?

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