2 men sentenced for poaching 3 bull elk in Little Snowy Mountains

Fish, Wildlife & Parks

A Missoula man and a Ballantine man were recently sentenced on separate felony cases for illegally killing trophy elk in the Little Snowy Mountains.

This nontypical bull elk was one of two illegally killed by Alex St. Marie of Missoula.

Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Alex St. Marie, 37, from Missoula, was sentenced in Fergus County District Court after pleading guilty to a felony for poaching two bull elk and multiple misdemeanors in October 2021.

St. Marie admitted to shooting two bull elk on private property, along Snowy Mountain Road in the Little Snowy Mountains, without permission and the necessary permit to harvest a brow-tined elk. St. Marie shot two bulls from the public roadway. He then drove off-road onto private property to retrieve the elk. Later, St. Marie discarded the elk keeping the heads, resulting in the wasting meat charge. The ranch manager reported the poaching incidents to FWP wardens.

This typical bull was the other one shot by Alex St. Marie.

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