Poacher's License Revoked Until 2031

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The town of Payson can say it's home to the state's most-ticketed poacher.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is calling 37-year-old Payson resident Wesley Frost the agency's "most-revoked" individual. Frost's hunting, fishing and trapping licenses have been shot down more times than any other sportsman in the state's history.

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Wesley Frost carries a baby javelina away from its mother, a violation of Arizona law.

At a June 24 hearing, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission bagged Frost's gaming licenses -- which were already revoked until 2016 -- until 2031 after he pleaded guilty to three charges of unlawful taking of wildlife.

The charges lobbied against Frost have drawn the attention of Arizona Game and Fish Department enforcement branch chief, Ron Day.

"If you want to hunt, fish or trap, you must do it legally, with a proper license, during the appropriate season, and abide by Game and Fish Department rules and regulations," Day said.

According to court records, in the past 15 years Frost has tagged more than two dozen game and fish violations, including taking wildlife in excess of limit, taking wildlife by unlawful methods, guiding without a license, taking wildlife without a valid license, unlawfully killing big game for money, and taking wildlife in a closed season.

In 1997, Frost served four months in the Payson Gila County Jail for his part in illegally killing a mountain lion.

In the mid-1990s, game and fish officers investigated Frost for killing bears and selling their gall bladders on the black market.

According to the American Bear Association, a bear's gall bladder is a high-dollar commodity, selling for $1,500 to $4,000 in many parts of Asia.

The bile extracted from gall bladders is used in traditional Asian medicine to treat everything from hemorrhoids to headaches.

In 1995 after Frost pleaded guilty to game violations, former Payson Justice of the Peace Ronnie McDaniel fined him $1,000, gave him community service and ruled that Frost couldn't go along on any hunting parties.

In 2002, undercover agents caught Frost capturing a young javelina in Coconino County.

According to Day, Frost did not kill the animal but removed it from the herd and left it on its own.

"That greatly reduced its chance of survival," Day said.

Cases like Frost's have game and fish officers eager to encourage the legislature to adopt lifetime revocation laws.

"If Arizona had a lifetime revocation, it would allow us to take away Frost's hunting privileges for the rest of his life," Day said.

"Then if he later were convicted of poaching, it would be a class-six felony, punishable by up to a year and a half in prison, and up to a $100,000 fine."

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