- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A former chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission has agreed to participate in a diversion program in return for having a misdemeanor charge of illegal hunting dropped.

According to the Clovis News Journal (https://goo.gl/3bnpxh ), District Attorney Tim Rose announced Monday that Tucumcari rancher Scott Bidegain agreed to participate in a two-year-old probation-style program that includes performing community service and touring a prison.

Bidegain resigned as chairman of the Game Commission after he and other members of a hunting party were accused of illegally killing a cougar in February 2014.

Rose said the pre-prosecution diversion program is designed for persons without a criminal record who are charged with non-violent crimes.

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