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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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