Details emerge in cougar poaching incident

Details emerge in cougar poaching incident

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New details have been released about the cougar hunt that prompted the New Mexico Game Commission chair to resign.

Scott Bidegain was charged with a misdemeanor for being an accessory in the illegal killing of a cougar.

Game and Fish says the incident happened earlier this month in San Miguel County.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a recently-released report reveals that Bidegain spotted the mountain lion on his family’s ranch near Tucumcari and had a hunting agent call an Oklahoma City lawyer.

The lawyer then rushed to the ranch and shot the cat, while Bidegain snapped a photo.

The report says the lawyer didn’t have a required hunting license and habitat management access validation stamp.

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