February 24, 2015

From GreatLakesEcho.org

The Pennsylvania Game Commission was justified in its three-year removal of a taxidermist Steven Maulfair’s hunting and trapping privileges after he illegally imported five bear carcasses into the United States from Canada, a state appellate court has ruled.

According to the court ruling, Maulfair coordinated a 2012 bear-hunting expedition to Quebec for Maryland and Pennsylvania hunters. He didn’t participate in the hunt but was to do taxidermy work on the bears.

The hunters, who had some of the bears’ meat, were stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border because they lacked the required export documents.
Authorities confiscated the meat.

Maulfair obtained export permits in Quebec to transport the carcasses in a freezer on his truck to his taxidermy shop in Elizabethtown, in south-central Pennsylvania, but he signed the hunters’ names because they’d already left Canada, legal documents said.

Later, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a state wildlife conservation officer questioned Maulfair and issued five citations for violating the state game law by possessing and importing the bear parts. Based on the conviction, the game commission initially revoked Maulfair’s privileges for five years. The revocation was shortened to three years based on an administrative hearing officer’s recommendation.

Since 1980, the game commission has revoked from 690 to 2,327 licenses a year. It issued 863 revocations in 2014.

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