80
      Tuesday
      90 / 66
      Wednesday
      93 / 68
      Thursday
      92 / 67

      NM Game and Fish report claims unlawful killing of a cougar

      Game Commission chair resigned amid alligaitons he set up an illegal hunt

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A report says the New Mexico Game Commission chair who recently resigned amid allegations that he was an accessory to an unlawful killing of a cougar set up the hunt.

      A Game and Fish investigation says former chairman Scott Bidegain spotted a cougar on his family's T4 cattle ranch near Tucumcari and had a hunting agent call an Oklahoma City lawyer.

      The report says the lawyer didn't have a required game-hunting license and habitat management access validation stamp.

      According to the report, the lawyer came to Tucumcari on Feb. 9 and met Bidegain. The report says the lawyer shot the cougar and Bidegain snapped a photo.

      The department filed charges of unlawful hunting or fishing against Bidegain this month.

      (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)