Former SD senator loses hunting privileges for shooting mountain lion

2014-03-19T10:00:00Z 2014-03-19T21:16:09Z Former SD senator loses hunting privileges for shooting mountain lionAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal
March 19, 2014 10:00 am  • 

Former state senator Gordon Howie and his son, Shadrach Howie, both pleaded guilty Wednesday to a big-game hunting violation.

The Howies, both of Rapid City, appeared briefly in magistrate court to enter pleas and receive their sentences from Magistrate Judge Eric Strawn.

In each case, Strawn suspended a 90-day jail sentence and imposed a $200 fine plus $84 in court costs on the first-class misdemeanor charges. He also suspended their hunting and trapping privileges for one year.

In Shadrach Howie's case, the Pennington County State's Attorney's Office dismissed a felony charge for being a felon in possession of a firearm in exchange for his guilty plea to the game violation.

Gordon Howie, 64, was checking bobcat tracks with his 30-year-old son on Jan. 31 when they discovered a female mountain lion in a trap. The elder Howie, who had a mountain lion tag, killed the animal.

Game, Fish & Parks officials became suspicious when Howie brought the animal in for inspection.

According to Wednesday court documents, Shadrach Howie was charged as being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2006 after a confrontation with a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper in 2005.

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(7) Comments

  1. greengraz
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    greengraz - March 26, 2014 1:55 pm
    Snowflake and ILOVE RREAGAN, thanks for appearing to set the record somewhat straight here! These gentleman made a bad judgement call, I for one am impressed that we
    have judges that are willing to apply discretion when handing down sentences. I think the
    sentence and punishment is fair and sends a message. Also, I hope that these two gentleman
    can responsibly resume and enjoy the great hunting venues of this state in the future after successful probationary period!
  2. Whoswho
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    Whoswho - March 25, 2014 4:12 pm
    Trapping is legal, not for big game. Which I am sure Howie was well aware of. The fact that a felon with a firearm gets off for pleading guilty on a fish & game charge is more disturbing to me. Gotta love how certain people can get away with murder.
  3. RabbitEars
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    RabbitEars - March 24, 2014 10:54 pm
    Article says Shadrach has aggravated assault charge involving a State Trooper, no mention of drug charges.
  4. morningstar
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    morningstar - March 20, 2014 7:54 am
    Snowflake, isn't trapping legal? Wasn't the lion in the trap someone else's legal take?
  5. Redroom
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    Redroom - March 19, 2014 9:08 pm
    Shadrach has never had any drug charges.
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    ILOVE RREAGAN - March 19, 2014 12:03 pm
    It's not that. It's the fact he didn't contact them(GF&P), he didn't tell them when he brought it in and he tried to claim it as his Trophy kill. Holier than thou strikes again!
  7. snowflake
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    snowflake - March 19, 2014 11:43 am
    While I agree with this sentence, I would like to know what should have been the action taken when they saw a mountain lion in a trap. I guess call the GF&P. It just seems it was more humane to shoot the lion immediately.
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