Two local men accused of illegally killing a mountain lion on federal property last January are now facing state charges for unlawful possession of big game.

Tyler Krebs, 22, of Rapid City and Shannon Homan, 39, of Box Elder are charged in federal court with violating the Lacey Act for allegedly shooting a mountain lion near Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Jan. 1. Federal authorities also charged each man with aiding and abetting in the taking of wildlife.

As required during the state’s mountain lion season, the men took the mountain lion to South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks authorities for inspection.

Federal and state authorities later used DNA evidence to link the dead lion to a trail of blood a park ranger found on monument property. The men first appeared in federal court in June.

Last week, state authorities formally pressed charges against each man.

Unlawful possession of big game is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and the loss of hunting, trapping or fishing privileges for up to one year.

If their licenses are revoked, the men would also lose those privileges in 30 other states that have agreements with South Dakota.

Both men are free on bond.

Meanwhile, the federal case against the two men continues working through the court system.

Krebs is scheduled to go to trial in December. A trial date has not been set for Homan.

If convicted of the federal charges, each man faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Contact Andrea Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com.

 

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