According to a new report from The Salt Lake Tribune, a Utah hunting guide is facing five years in state prison for the death of a Carbon County bear killed during a guided hunt on May 18, 2018.
But Wade Lemon, a well-known guide, didn’t pull the trigger. Instead, the man who hired him–Donald Trump Jr.–is the one who shot and killed the bear, according to the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The DNR confirmed Trump Jr. as the person named in the felony complaint as Lemon’s “client” on the hunt, but Trump Jr. isn’t named in the recent filing against Lemon. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the illegal bait used to lure the bear, “a pile of grain, oil, and pastries,” was discovered with a trail camera pointed right on it with “WLH” (for Wade Lemon Hunting) written on the side and with Lemon’s own telephone number. Court documents include evidence from an employee who confirmed Lemon had him place the bait in the location several weeks before the hunt. Prosecutors have said there was “no evidence” showing Trump Jr. would have known about the alleged baiting that went on during the hunt.
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Without naming Trump Jr., Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings instead referred to him as “the hunter” in the case, saying he “was actually a victim and a now a possible witness in a fraudulent scheme to lead the hunter to believe it was actually a legitimate Wild West hunting situation.”
Donald Trump Jr. shot and killed a bear during a hunting expedition in 2018.
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Read the full profile at The Salt Lake Tribune.