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Two Men Face Poaching Charges

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two southeastern Kentucky men have been
arrested and charged with poaching two elk near Hazard, authorities
said.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources said
Thursday that Alan R. Combs, 33, of Hazard, was charged with two
counts of spotlighting and two counts of illegally killing and
possessing elk. Anthony Fugate, 32, of Viper, was charged with two
counts of illegally killing and possessing an elk and one count of
spotlighting. Fugate was released after posting $2,000 bond. Comb
was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on Thursday night.
Conservation officers Lt. Frank Campbell, Greg Watts and Billy
Collett conducted the investigations and made the arrests after
learning about the Nov. 19 incidents on the old Lost Mountain strip
mine, Mark Marraccini, a KDFWR spokesman, said in a statement.
Campbell said Combs allegedly killed a small bull with a
20-gauge shotgun sometime after dark. Combs' vehicle became stuck
and he called Fugate for help. The two then removed the head of the
small bull and later killed a bigger bull and removed its head as
well, Marraccini said. The carcasses were left in a field.
Marraccini said officers recovered one of the antlers from the
larger bull from Combs vehicle and later recovered three antlers
from Fugate.
Combs is scheduled for arraignment in Perry County District
Court on Monday. Fugate has a trial date set for Dec. 11.

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