Posted 1 year ago

By Corey Sorenson

South Dakota Game Fish Parks_LogoSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say 18 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced for wildlife violations at a commercial hunting operation in southern South Dakota’s Todd County.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says it’s one of the largest wildlife cases in South Dakota history.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson and state Attorney General Marty Jackley say fines, restitution and civil damages in the case total more than $235,000.

The investigation was handled by state and federal wildlife agencies and the Rosebud Sioux tribe. It determined that Rock Creek Ranch owners John and Kathryn Chauncey and several of their hunting clients from Michigan, Texas and New Jersey unlawfully killed deer, hawks, owls, badgers and turkeys.

John Chauncey was sentenced to two months in custody and Kathryn Chauncey to probation. Sixteen others were fined.