Beaumont, Texas (KETK) — A Texas hunting and fishing guide was sentenced to three years probation and ordered pay a $5,000 fine after transporting an alligator he knew had been shot in violation of state and federal wildlife laws, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said Tuesday.
Steve Barclay, 46, of Kennard pleaded guilty in August to the felony offense of transporting wildlife taken in violation of federal law.
According to information presented in court, Barclay said on several dates in May 2008, he saw client John A. McCall shoot and kill a total of three alligators despite knowing Texas law limits hunters to one alligator per hunter each season.
According to a release from Bales’ office, “The Endangered Species Act prohibits the taking of any threatened species of fish or wildlife in violation of any federal or state regulation pertaining to such species. Alligators are listed as a threatened species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.”
“Our State partner was essential to the success of this case, and that cooperation remains critical to disrupting wildlife taken in violation of Federal Law,” said Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region Nicholas E. Chavez. "With our combined efforts, we protect our threatened/endangered listed species, and other wildlife from being exploited in our Nation."
This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, Houston, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Criminal Investigations Division, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jim Noble and Joe Batte.