Mark Albert Thayn, 56, pled “not guilty” on Oct. 31 before Moab’s Seventh District Court to nine charges including wanton destruction of protected wildlife and communications fraud.
A two-day trial by jury will now determine the outcome of Thayn’s case in February.
According to evidence provided by officers at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State Parks, Thayn allegedly committed several felonies and misdemeanors between July 7 and Oct. 27, 2016.
In addition to allegedly killing a cow elk without a valid license, permit or tag, Thayn also is alleged to have sold a hunting permit to two people while knowing they did not have valid mitigation elk permits — all third degree felonies.
Thayn also faces charges related to motor vehicle use, including two class B misdemeanors related to driving on a suspended license and using a non-interlock vehicle as an interlock restricted driver.
According to court documents, Thayn also faces infractions, including allegedly using an off-highway vehicle “in connection with acts of vandalism, harassment of wildlife or domestic animals … or damage to the environment.”
Speaking before the court, Thayn’s attorney, Ronald J. Yengich, said the defense is “still trying to resolve the case.”
But if the case does not settle in the coming weeks, it will be heard before a jury over two days, beginning Feb. 13.