Sentencing for Man Illegally Trafficking Animal Parts in Montana
Looking at the charges, it appears Montana black bears got the worst of it. But other species suffered some losses, too.
This week in Dillon, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tells us that a man from Idaho received sentencing for "the trafficking and commercialization of wildlife parts in Montana." And most of you likely won't agree with the severity of the sentence.
As the result of a bizarre, long-term investigation dating back to 2017 and 2018, involving hides, paws, organs and more, Yan Fong of Pocatello, Idaho, received his fine, jail time and revoked hunting privileges sentences.
Mr. Fong was sentenced in Beaverhead County District Court to 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections. All but 100 days of those 10 years were suspended. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $25,000, and lost hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in Montana and 46 other states for six years.
But Montana was not alone for these kinds of offenses committed by Fong. He is facing similar charges in Idaho and California.
Montana's investigation found that he unlawfully purchased 11 black bear gall bladders, four black bears, 24 black bear paws, three mountain lions, two mule deer, one elk and seven bobcats in Montana. He then transported them back to Idaho.
The charges included one felony count of "unlawful sale of a game fish, bird, game animal or furbearing animal and one felony count of unlawful possession, shipment or transport of a game fish, bird, game animal or furbearing animal."
Remember, our state's game wardens rely on you to help solve crimes against wildlife. If you see any suspicious activity, please call 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.