Retired Cop Convicted of Poisoning Wolves Along with Other Violations

Retired Montana Police Officer Sentenced for poisoning wolves

Whether it is fair or not people hold law enforcement officers to a higher standard than regular citizens. I believe it because if you are charged with holding other people to the lawful standard, you need to maintain the standard yourself.

The Daily News Minor reported on the sentencing of three men for wildlife violations that included poisoning wolves, illegal hunting, illegal bear baiting, and guiding without guiding licenses.

Casey Richardson of Montana, Dale Lackner and Jeffrey Harris all were employed at Ptarmigan Lake Lodge in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve during the 2014 and 2015 hunting seasons when the violations occurred.

Location of Ptarmigan Lake Lodge

Casey Richardson was working as a police officer in Missoula, Montana, at the time he was committing the felony hunting violations, he is now retired according to the Missoulian newspaper.

According to the investigation, 14 pounds of the artificial sweetener xylitol at a Fairbanks health food store in fall 2015, and Richardson put the sweetener into rabbit carcasses to poison wolves in an effort to control the population of the predators.

At sentencing, Lackner was sentenced to six months of home confinement, and Richardson and Harris were sentenced to three months in a halfway house, followed by three months of home confinement, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Screen Shot from Richardson’s Facebook page

All three men were sentenced to five years of probation during which they have court orders not to hunt or assist with hunting. They were each ordered to pay restitution ranging from $6,000 for Lackner to $26,000 for Harris to the U.S. Department of the Interior Restoration Fund.

The poisoning was an effort to reduce predator populations in order to increase moose and caribou numbers. Alaska has many legal ways to reduce predator numbers, but poisoning is not one of them. If you want to know why predator management is important, click here.