Cody Man Sentenced for Illegal Grizzly Kill
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 16, 2018
A Cody man has been ordered to pay more than $30,000 in fines and restitution for killing a grizzly bear last spring.
In a news release last week, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that 57-year old Kenneth Stoner, also known as Kenneth Stone, was sentenced in Federal District Court for the unlawful taking of a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also ordered five years probation.
KULR-8’s Penny Preston interviewed Wyoming Game and Fish Cody Supervisor Dan Smith, who told her that Stoner killed what he thought was a black bear. The grizzly bear that Stoner killed had yearling cubs. Smith said those cubs were sent to a zoo in August.
He added that Stoner was allowed to buy a black bear hunting license, although he was a felon, because he was using an alias, so the Game and Fish Department didn’t know his true identity.