Buffalo resident Clyde Snell will pay fines and lose hunting privileges for a 2017 hunting violation, according to a press release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Snell will pay $2,070 in fines and $4,000 in restitution, and he will lose his hunting privileges for two years after Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff approved a plea agreement reached with the Johnson County Attorney’s Office.

The case originated from evidence discovered in a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office search of a cellphone in an unrelated criminal case. Evidence that was passed on to Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman showed that Snell killed a mule deer buck at 12:58 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2017, and purchased a deer license in Buffalo afterward, at approximately 1:40 p.m.

“If it weren’t for the keen awareness of an investigator from the Sheriff’s Office and passing that information on to the Game and Fish, we possibly would have never known of these violations,” Seeman said in the release. “We appreciate their cooperation and always encourage anyone with knowledge of a poaching to contact us through our Stop Poaching hotline.”

The deer head, according to the release, was eventually mounted by a taxidermist and seized as evidence from Snell’s home last summer. Evidence from the cellphone showed that Snell took a mule deer buck without a license in 2019. The 2019 poaching case was dismissed as part of the plea deal, and no further action will take place. 

Game and Fish asks individuals to report wildlife violations at its stop poaching hotline, 1-877-943-3847. 

Alex joined the Bulletin in March 2021 and covers health care, energy and natural resources. Reach out with ideas or comments at alex@buffalobulletin.com.

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