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http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/01/14/news/state/20-elk.txt

That was no ellk ...<br>
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By BRETT FRENCH<br>
Of The Gazette Staff<br>
A New York hunter may be feeling a bit sheepish after mistaking a feral llama in Paradise Valley for a Rocky Mountain elk, but he apparently did not violate any laws.<br>
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Rusty Saunders, of Fort Edward, N.Y., called a Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden in Livingston in November to turn himself in after shooting the llama, according to Mel Frost, FWP information officer in Bozeman.<br>
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Since FWP does not deal with livestock shootings, they immediately turned the investigation over to the Montana Department of Livestock.<br>
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After investigating, the DOL turned the matter over to Park County authorities without issuing any citations.<br>
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"We don't have any statute to prevent that kind of thing," said Steve Merritt, information officer for the DOL in Helena.<br>
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A telephone call to the Park County sheriff was not immediately returned.<br>
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Photos that the DOL took during its investigation showed the dark brown and black llama gutted and lying in the back of a red pickup truck. The photos included a shot of Saunders' notched 2008 elk tag, dated Nov. 18. Somehow, the photos ended up circulating through e-mails, trekking across the nation and even north of the border into Canada.<br>
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Under a subject heading of "hunting llamas in Big Sky Country," the e-mail parodied MasterCard's "priceless" advertising campaign.<br>
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".30-06 rifle with Leupold Scope - $650.<br>
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"Out of state license - $600.<br>
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"Gas to drive from New York - $700.<br>
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"Taking a trophy Montana llama - priceless."<br>
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The photos have ended up on blogs across the country, as well, generating derisive remarks from hunters.<br>
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It's not clear how Saunders realized his error, and it's not known what happened to the wild llama.<br>
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Messages left for Saunders on his home answering machine were not immediately returned.
 

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Got to give the guy credit though, he was ethical and honest enough to turn himself in when he very likely could have just left the thing laying there and no one else would ever have known. Takes a lot of guts to man up to making a mistake like that.
 

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Amen to that jhoward.
 

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It takes a mighty big man to own up to a mistake like that. I'm sure he never considered the internet complications, a rightous man nonthe-less.
 

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On my first hunting trip to Colorado in the early 60's, I came upon a gentleman who had his horse shot out from under him. The horse was a covered with at least dozen long red ribbons adorning every piece of tack. The hunter was wearing a hunter orange vest. How could anyone think they were shooting at an elk? Idiots do wonder into the woods. J.Woolsey I
 

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A good friend of mine is a retired New York State trooper. One of his favorite stories is of the two guys from NYC he stopped on the NY Thruway (I-90) with a calf tied over the trunk of the car! They really thought it was a deer. No wonder I saw "COW" painted on the sides of brown cows in upstate NY!

Bob
 
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