Hunting guide accused of poaching bighorn sheep

KANAB (News4Utah)- A man known for his hunting skills is facing a hefty fine after officials say he illegally killed a bighorn sheep.

Wildlife officials say Larry Altimus of Pearce, Ariz. was found guilty in July 2017. They say he illegally obtained a Utah resident hunting permit and then used that permit to kill a desert bighorn sheep ram in southwestern Utah.

Altimus reportedly rented a house in Kanab in August 2013. The following year he used that address  to apply for one of 10 desert bighorn sheep permits available to Utah residents that year. In May 2014, he drew the permit.

He moved back to Arizona in June 2014 but came back to Utah in October and killed the animal.

Altimus lost his hunting privileges in all 47 states that are part of the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact for the next 10 years. In  addition, he paid $30,000 in restitution and a $750 fine for killing the ram.

Utah DWR investigators seized the head and horns of the illegally taken ram.

Utah Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline 1-800-662-DEER (3337).

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