Idaho Director of Greater Yellowstone Coalition Pleads Guilty to Poaching

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.