Donald Trump Jr. loves to brag about and provide photographic evidence of his big game hunting escapades around the world, but a bear he killed in Utah has him smack dab in the middle of a poaching scandal that has already led to felony charges for the hunting guide that helped him track and bait the animal.
According to a disturbing report from The Salt Lake Tribune, the guide is facing a five-year prison stint:
Utah hunting guide Wade Lemon faces five years in state prison for the death of a Carbon County bear killed during a guided hunt on May 18, 2018.
But Lemon, a well-known guide didn’t pull the trigger — Donald Trump Jr. did, according to the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Don Jr. has not been charged, but his name did arise in connection with the charges against Lemon:
Trump Jr. is not named in a recent filing against Lemon, but the DNR confirmed his identity as the person named in the felony complaint as Lemon’s “client” on the hunt. Prosecutors have indicated there was no evidence showing Trump Jr. would have known about the alleged baiting that went on during the hunt.
Without naming Trump Jr., Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said the hunter in the case “was actually a victim and a now a possible witness in a fraudulent scheme to lead the hunter to believe it was actually a legitimate Wild West hunting situation.”
The son of the former president has said on several occasions that hunting is a “passion” of his, telling Breitbart in a 2016 interview:
“The discipline, the good times, the bond that I’ve had in a hunting camp, around a campfire, on a shooting range, all of those things as well as the discipline and patience it takes to become a competitive shooter, those are all values I want to pass on to my kids.”
However, Don Jr’s hunting activities have also led to very bad PR for him, Mediaite notes:
Trump Jr.’s hunting activities have sparked controversy in the past, including his hunting of rare sheep in Mongolia that reportedly cost taxpayers $75,000 and a decade-old photograph from a hunting trip in Zimbabwe of him next to a dead elephant and holding its severed tail. (Trump Jr. defended that hunt to a Forbes contributor, arguing that elephants were overpopulated in that region and cutting off the tail was traditional).
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