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ID: Down under poaching suspects arrested, jailed

Three Australians suspected of poaching were arrested last week
on multiple charges and later booked into the Elmore County
jail.

Eleven charges have been filed against the men, with a combined
bond set at $165,000.

Anton Kepeller, 58, Darren Tubb, 43, and Samuel Henley, 18, all
from Tasmania, Australia, were contacted and later arrested by
Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers on Thursday, November 3,
near Atlanta. The following day, the three men appeared in court
before Elmore County magistrate Judge David Epis, where formal
charges were read.

Kepeller faces six misdemeanor counts, including possession of
unlawfully taken elk, and aiding-counseling the killing of elk
during closed season. Tubb was charged with three misdemeanors,
including killing a bull elk closed season, wasteful destruction of
elk, and transfer of a tag. Henley faces two charges, including
attempting to kill elk during closed season and use of a tag of
another.

Epis set bond for Kepeller, Tubb and Henley at $75,000, $50,000
and $40,000 respectively. He also added special conditions to the
case, requiring the three men – should they bond out of jail – to
appear for a bond hearing and not leave the state of Idaho.

The investigation continues, and more charges could be filed in
the future.

Evin Oneale is the regional conservation educator for the
Southwest Region.

 

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