Home U.S Utah hunting guide charged after using oil, grain, PASTRIES to bait bear...

Utah hunting guide charged after using oil, grain, PASTRIES to bait bear killed by Donald Trump Jr. 

70
0


Utah hunting guide is charged after using oil, grain, PASTRIES and trained dogs to illegally bait bear killed by Donald Trump Jr.

  • Wade Cox Lemon, 61, was charged with ‘wanton destruction of protected wildlife’ which is a third degree felony 
  • The charge stems from a hunt on May 18, 2018, according to court documents 
  • The state wildlife department was tipped off to a pile of ‘grain, oil and pastries’ left by the hunting party from that day 
  • Wildlife agents responded and confirmed that the half-eaten bait was left in front of a trail camera with Lemon’s initials and phone number on it
  • Trump Jr., who is a notorious hunter, was confirmed by multiple investigations to be Lemon’s client that day 

A Utah hunting guide was charged for illegally baiting during a 2018 bear hunt paid for by Donald Trump Jr. 

The longtime outdoors professional allegedly used oil, grain and even pastries to lure in the animal, which Trump Jr. later shot and killed. He also reportedly used dogs to surround the bear – both common tactics used to hunt the species but which were illegal in the area the hunt was taking place in.

Wade Cox Lemon, 61, was charged with ‘wanton destruction of protected wildlife’ which is a third degree felony. The charge stems from a hunt on May 18, 2018, according to court documents.

The state wildlife department said it was tipped off to a pile of ‘grain, oil and pastries’ left by the hunting party from that day. 

Wildlife agents responded and confirmed that the half-eaten bait was left in front of a trail camera with Lemon’s initials and phone number on it.

Wade Cox Lemon, 61, was charged with'wanton destruction of protected wildlife' - which is a third degree felony

Wade Cox Lemon, 61, was charged with ‘wanton destruction of protected wildlife’ – which is a third degree felony

Lemon helps lure in animals for hunters and has been charged with illegal baiting, using dogs to nail down a bear in a hunt that involved Donald Trump Jr. (pictured above on a separate hunt)

Lemon helps lure in animals for hunters and has been charged with illegal baiting, using dogs to nail down a bear in a hunt that involved Donald Trump Jr. (pictured above on a separate hunt)

Trump Jr. was there that weekend to launch a hunting advocacy group called Hunter Nation, as well as a super PAC called Hunter Nation Action

Trump Jr. was there that weekend to launch a hunting advocacy group called Hunter Nation, as well as a super PAC called Hunter Nation Action

The witness said that the hunting party, which included the president’s eldest son, was also using dogs because they found the straw used to line their cages on a nearby road.  

The bear in question was registered with the local wildlife agency that same day.  

‘The end of the hunt is recorded, showing the bear surrounded by a pack of hunting dogs before the client shoots and kills the animal,’ prosecutors wrote in the charging document. ‘Utah law forbids luring bears to a bait station and then pursuing the animal with dogs.’

State law says it is illegal to ‘possess or use bait or other attractant to take protected wildlife which is prohibited in this title or a rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board.’

Trump Jr., who is a notorious hunter, was confirmed by multiple investigations to be Lemon’s client that day. 

The president’s son posted an Instagram photo in the same area on the weekend the hunt in question occurred. 

‘Lots of quality time in the woods hanging out at 10,000 feet. #outdoors #weekend #adventure #cabin #utah,’ he writes.

Trump Jr. was there that weekend to launch a hunting advocacy group called Hunter Nation, as well as a super PAC called Hunter Nation Action.

Trump Jr., who is a notorious hunter, was confirmed by multiple investigations to be Lemon's client that day

Trump Jr., who is a notorious hunter, was confirmed by multiple investigations to be Lemon’s client that day

According to Open Secrets, the group spent a little less than $97,000 in ads against Democrats in the 2020 election. 

Lemon’s Facebook page confirmed Trump Jr.’s presence that weekend saying ‘we are proud to call you a friend and we thank you for all you do for hunting and Americans.’ 

Technically, Trump Jr. is both a victim and now a possible witness in what the local county attorney Troy Rawlings calls ‘a fraudulent scheme to lead the hunter to believe it was actually a legitimate Wild West hunting situation.’ 

Lemon, briefly reached by phone by the Salt Lake Tribune, seemed startled. 

‘As far as I knew everything was above board,’ the Tribune claimed he said before hanging up.

Advertisement

Previous article'Another tax on the motorist': Drivers furious at 20mph speed cameras 'Nasty and corrupt'
Next article'Most down-to-earth' Kate left 'in stitches' when mistaken for Prince William's assistant

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here