Press Release

Multiple Felony Charges Filed in Wildlife Poaching Case

A total of 35 felony wildlife charges involving conspiracy to unlawfully possess big game animals have been filed against seven individuals for their alleged roles in a 2015 Adams County poaching case. The charges come after months of investigative work by Idaho Fish and Game officers with assistance from the Adams County Prosecutor’s office.

Four other individuals face misdemeanor wildlife charges for their roles in the case.

The investigation began in the fall of 2015 when Fish and Game officers discovered the remains of a bull elk killed before the legal hunting season opened in unit 22 west of McCall. By the time the investigation concluded, officers had discovered at least four more illegally-taken bull elk and at least one mule deer.

On October 4, 2016, the case culminated in the arrest of Shannan Norris (44) of Caldwell, Adam Norris (27) of Nampa and Casey Dutton (22) of Caldwell. The three were booked into the Canyon County Jail on numerous felony charges.

Other named defendants facing felony charges include Bob Norris (69) of Caldwell, Trey Painter (22) of Caldwell, Chad Painter (43) of Caldwell and Roger Brutsman (47) of Wilder.

Each felony charge carries potential prison time of up to five years and/or fines up to $50,000. A lifetime hunting and fishing license revocation may also be included in felony sentencing at the Judge’s discretion. Each misdemeanor charge carries potential jail time of six months and fines up to $1,000. A one- to three-year hunting and fishing license revocation may also be included in misdemeanor sentencing at the Judge’s discretion.

Because the case remains open with only charges filed against the defendants, more information is not available at this time. Additional details will be forthcoming upon conclusion of the case.


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