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Man Convicted of Illegally Killing Grizzly Bear

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An Etna, Wyoming man has been found guilty of illegally shooting and killing of a grizzly bear near Moran in 2012.  After a lengthy investigation and a two day jury trial, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports the successful conviction of Joe B. Conger who shot and killed the bear on September 30, 2012, while hunting on Mount Randolph north of Moran. While registering the bear with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, it was determined that Conger had in fact killed a grizzly bear. Still not convinced the bear he had killed was a grizzly, Conger pled not guilty to the charges and a jury trial was requested. After an interview by Afton Game Warden, the hide and skull were seized and sent to the state lab for analysis. Those tests confirmed the species of the bear.  It took the jury just 30 minutes deliberation before they handed down the guilty verdict.  Grizzly bears are a federally protected animal under the Endangered Species Act.

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