WASHINGTON — An environmental activist who pled guilty this month to poaching elk during a November hunting trip will resign his position as the Idaho director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
Marv Hoyt, a leading critic of mining activities on the health of sheep and cattle, killed three elk and left the carcasses of two behind to rot in the field.
Hoyt had only one tag for one elk, and initially denied to fish and game officers he had killed the other two cows and tried to hide the carcasses with tree branches.
Hoyt was fined nearly $5,000 and a was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to unlawful taking of game and wasteful destruction of wildlife.
He will also be on probation for four years, and serve 32 hours of community service.
His hunting privileges have been revoked.
Although the protection of elk is a central goal of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC), Hoyt will not be fired from his position.
Spokesman Jeff Welsch told the Associated Press that Hoyt has been on vacation since the incident, and will be allowed to resign his position at the end of the year.
“GYC deeply regrets this incident and in no way either condones or excuses Marv Hoyt’s judgment,” the coalition said in a statement.
“As advocates for all lands, waters and wildlife in greater Yellowstone, our credibility depends upon consistently holding ourselves to the highest legal and ethical standards,” the statement said.
Idaho Fish and Game officers discovered that two elk had been left to rot within 100 yards of another elk that had been gutted for the meat. Hoyt used broken tree branches to try and hide the elk he killed illegally.
During this incident, Hoyt also confessed to illegally killing another elk in 2001.