Las Vegas man sentenced for illegal hunt in Idaho


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A Las Vegas man convicted for taking meat
and antlers from a deer shot illegally in Idaho into another state
has lost his hunting privileges for at least three years.
A federal judge on Monday also ordered 49-year-old Peter
Balestracci to serve three years of probation for the misdemeanor
crime and repay Idaho wildlife officials $1,200.
Balestracci was arrested after an undercover investigation of a
southeastern Idaho outfitter. Idaho game wardens say Balestracci
was hunting near Soda Springs in October when he shot and tagged a
deer with a non-resident permit assigned to his 14-year-old son.
Idaho hunting law makes it illegal to use and transfer a tag
issued to any other hunter.
But Balestracci was charged in federal court with violating the
Lacey Act, which governs interstate commerce.

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