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.