Men sentenced for Yellowstone mountain lion poaching

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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced three men for killing a mountain lion in Yellowstone National Park.

The Livingston, Montana, men earlier pleaded guilty to shooting the lion in Yellowstone in December but claiming they legally hunted the animal north of the park.

Yellowstone officials said Wednesday the poaching prevented another hunter from killing a lion legally in Montana. The illegally killed lion counted toward the Montana hunt quota.

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A federal judge on Friday ordered 20-year-old Austin Peterson to pay $1,700 in restitution and fees and serve three years of unsupervised probation. Peterson isn’t allowed to hunt, fish or trap animals during his probation.

Twenty-year-old Trey Juhnke and 19-year-old Corbin Simmons received similar sentences.

Biologists estimate between 20 and 30 adult mountain lions live in northern Yellowstone.

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