are a threatened and protected species in Idaho
and killing one can cost you, as one Boise man
found out recently.
Pugh must now pay more than $1,400 in fines and
costs after pleading guilty to unlawfully taking
one of the protected fish from Arrowrock
Reservoir and failing to produce the fish upon
request of a Idaho Department of Fish and Game
have been closed to harvest since 1994, and
listed as threatened under the Endangered
Species Act since 1996. This Idaho native fish
is easily identified by the salmon colored spots
on its sides and lack of spots on the dorsal
(top) fin. Anglers landing a bull trout should
immediately release it back into the water.
caught and kept the bull trout on Dec. 11 while
fishing Arrowrock Reservoir. Another angler
reported the violation to the Citizen's Against
Poaching hotline. When contacted by a
conservation officer, Pugh failed to produce the
fish and lied about having it.
City, Boise County Magistrate Roger Cockerille
sentenced Pugh to pay $1,472 in fines and court
costs, suspending another $1,000. Pugh was also
sentenced to 180 days of jail on each of the two
charges, suspending all but three days. In lieu
of the jail time, Pugh must provide 60 hours of
community service. He also received a one year
fishing license suspension.