Men Plead Guilty to Hunting Violations on the Hi-Line

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – Two men accused of unlawfully killing elk or moose on the Hi-Line in fall 2020 have admitted to crimes.

42-year-old Lucas Sterling of Columbia Falls pleaded guilty to hunting without a license and unlawful possession of a bull elk. Sterling killed the elk during the 2020 archery season in the Bear Paw Mountains in Blaine County. He was ordered to pay $460 in fines, $1,000 in restitution, and has lost hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in the state for two years.

22-year-old Tyrus Brockie of Harlem pleaded guilty to hunting without a license, waste of a game animal, and hunting without landowner permission. He fatally shot a bull moose west of Malta last November and left it to waste. Brockie was ordered to pay $1,040 in fines, $1,000 in restitution, and has lost hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in the state for two years.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks says meat from the unlawfully killed animals was donated to local communities.

Anyone with information about crimes involving fish, wildlife or park regulations can call the toll-free anonymous tip-line at 1-800-TIP-MONT.

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