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Western Slope man charged with falsely labeling bobcat, trying to sell it in Utah

In this Dec. 7, 2007 file photo, a bobcat trapped in a snare at the Billings, Mont., airport looks out of his crate before being released east of Shepherd, Mont. Fur trappers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who want to block the export of bobcat and gray wolf pelts from the United States.
Associated Press/Billings Gazette, Casey Riffe

A 46-year-old Fruita man has been charged with violating federal wildlife preservation laws by allegedly transporting a bobcat across state boundaries for commerce.

Thad Bingham was charged Friday with a felony violation of the Lacey Act by falsely labeling a bobcat and then sending it across state lines for sale, according to U.S. District Court of Denver court records.

Bingham faces up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. The charge stems from an attempt to sell a bobcat on or about Feb. 24, 2014, for more than $350, the charging documents say.

The case was prosecuted by an attorney from the federal Environment and Natural Resources Division.

It wasn’t the first time that Bingham faced illegal wildlife charges.

Read more via The Denver Post.




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