- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Two men have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the poaching death a beloved buck that became a sort of mascot in northern Utah.

The Logan Herald Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1EoR7Ws) 36-year-old Shelby D. Rhodes of Garland and 28-year-old Logan resident Steven Spillett pleaded guilty Monday to destruction of protected wildlife and interference with a public servant.

Wildlife officials say the buck had a large, 9-by-8 point rack and was named Bart. Some residents in the town of Hyde Park said they considered him a pet.

He was found dead in the fall of 2013, and officials said photos that later surfaced on a hunting website led them to Rhodes and Spillett.

Prosecutors say the men weren’t charged with felonies because they eventually came forward. A defense attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Information from: The Herald Journal, https://www.hjnews.com

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