After shooting a grizzly to death, Idaho father and son will get jail time, hunting bans

Nicole Blanchard The Idaho Statesman

An Idaho father and son will serve jail time, pay thousands in fines and be banned from hunting for years after pleading guilty to poaching a female grizzly bear near Yellowstone National Park last year.

Jared and Rex Baum, of Ashton, shot the bear in Fremont County more than a dozen times on March 16, 2021, leaving her carcass in Little Warm River where Idaho Department of Fish and Game conservation officers found her a few weeks later.

According to a Fish and Game news release, the father, 79-year-old Rex Baum, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor — attempting the unlawful take of wildlife. He will serve three days in the Fremont County jail, pay more than $1,000 in fines and penalties and be banned from hunting for the next decade. His son faces a heftier punishment after pleading guilty to unlawful killing of wildlife with a reimbursable damage assessment of more than $1,000, which is a felony. Jared Baum will serve 30 days in jail, three years of probation and pay more than $12,000 in fines and penalties. He is banned from hunting for life.

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