SPOKANE -- A man convicted this spring of poaching an endangered caribou
was sentenced this week in federal court to pay $4,042 in restitution for part of the cost
of bringing the animal into Washington from Canada in an ongoing recovery project.
Narron Drury, 28, of Colville was convicted in May of illegally killing and
transporting a mountain caribou cow last December in northern Stevens County. Drury
was convicted of violating the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act, which
together carry maximum penalties of up to two years in jail and/or up to $200,000 in
U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno ordered Drury to pay $4,042, a figure that
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials estimated was part of
the cost they incurred to capture, transport and release the caribou in a project to
recover the most endangered large mammal in the country. The figure was derived as a
per-animal cost in the 19 caribou operation, but included only equipment, travel
expenses, and contract services such as helicopter use. It did not include state and
federal employee salaries during the capture operation, radio telemetry monitoring time
and expense since the animal was released in April of 1996, nor time and expense
investigating the poaching.
Imbrogno also suspended a $500 court fine and ordered Drury instead to work
30 hours of community service. Drury was placed on three years' probation while he
pays off the restitution amount. His hunting privileges are suspended during his
Two other Colville men, James Squeglia, 31, and Larry Krotzer, 42, also were
convicted this spring of violations of the Lacey Act for their involvement in transporting
the poached caribou. Their sentencing is set for Sept. 9.
The last remaining population of caribou in the country is the 60-some animals in
the Selkirk mountains of northeast Washington, north Idaho, and southern British
WDFW is currently leading an interagency effort to boost the population with
capture of caribou in northern British Columbia for transplant to the Selkirks. In 1996,
19 caribou were transplanted, five of which are still alive. Earlier this year 13 more
caribou were transplanted, nine of which are still alive. Most of the losses, where the
cause of death could be determined, have been to predation by bears or cougars.
The poached cow caribou was pregnant when released, although no calf was
seen with her over the year and a half that she was monitored.