Environmental Activist Pleads Guilty to Poaching

December 23, 2013
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Marv Hoyt, a leading critic of mining activities on the health of sheep and cattle, killed three elk

Marv Hoyt, a leading critic of mining activities on the health of sheep and cattle, killed three elk

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His hunting privileges have been revoked.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.

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6 Responses to Environmental Activist Pleads Guilty to Poaching

  1. JoeThePimpernel
    December 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Bizarre.

  2. Latrese McGowen
    December 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

    It’s OK guys, he’s one of us. The law was meant for the little people.

  3. D
    December 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    ““GYC deeply regrets this incident and in no way either condones or excuses Marv Hoyt’s judgment,” ”

    “Hoyt will not be fired from his position.”

    Got the message! No one with the GYC has the balls to identify this jackass as a poacher and administer the punishment he deserves…..If the GYC can’t condemn this fraud then the GYC needs to be replaced with true sportsmen…….This is digusting!

  4. som sai
    December 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Actually the Greater Yellowstone Coalition doesn’t protect elk. According to the just released report on wildlife in the greater Yellowstone region released by the Park Service elk are the only species that is bellow the population range they are aiming for. Wolves, bear, bison, pronghorn, all doing just fine, elk are way down. Used to be 20,000, now less than 4,000.

    The GYC argued and litigated for years to delay delisting of wolves and bears, the major source of elk mortality, and Hoyt was at the forefront of that fight. So no. The GYC does not work to protect elk, it might be argued that they actually hate elk, and Hoyt was simply acting on that hatred.

  5. December 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I’m glad the CO is reporting this story because for the life of me, I cannot find this story anywhere been in Idaho newspaper. I guess they don’t consider hypocritical environmentalist activists from Idaho to be a newsworthy story.

    Unless, of course, they’re just trying to protect one of their own.

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