PETITION TARGET: Idaho Department of Fish and Game
UPDATE (2/13/2023): As part of a plea deal, Jared Baum pleaded guilty to a felony and was sentenced to 30 consecutive days in the Fremont County jail, three years of probation, $2,500 in fines plus court costs, $10,000 in civil penalties, and a lifetime hunting revocation. Rex Baum pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a 180 days jail with 177 days suspended (meaning he spent three days in the Fremont County jail), $1,000 in fines plus court costs, a $400 civil penalty, and a 10-year hunting revocation. Additionally, Idaho is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact, therefore Jared Baum’s hunting license will be revoked for life, and Rex Baum’s hunting license will be revoked for 10 years in all 48 member states, according to a press release from Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Thank you to everyone who signed our petition! We’ll keep doing all we can for animals. —Lady Freethinker Staff
A mother grizzly shot and killed by poachers lay partially submerged in Idaho’s Little Warm River while her six-to-eight-week-old cub, unable to fend for himself, died scared and alone in her den.
Idaho Fish and Game officials found the female bear’s slain corpse, with multiple gunshot wounds, after receiving a signal from her tracking collar that she had died.
It is illegal to hunt grizzly bears in Idaho, where they are protected by both state and federal law as a threatened species. The loss of a mama is especially tragic for the recovering population, said Regional Conservation Officer Doug Peterson in a statement.
This is the third grizzly poaching incident in Fremont County, Idaho, since last fall. All three cases remain unsolved as authorities appeal to the public for help identifying suspects.
Whoever illegally poached this innocent mother — whose young cub also died due to the individual’s recklessness — must answer for their crimes.
Sign this petition urging the Idaho Department of Fish and Game use all available resources to find the perpetrator(s) in this heartbreaking case.
This is an ongoing case. Anyone with information about any of the three recent grizzly poaching incidents is urged to contact Fish and Game’s Upper Snake Region office at 208-525-7290 or Citizens Against Poaching at 1-800-632-5999, or to report their tip online. There is a reward of up to $40,000 for information solving the case.