Recognizing that a pending lawsuit over a “corner crossing” could have sweeping implications for Wyoming’s land access and trespass policy, advocacy groups for ranchers and hunters are weighing in.
A request by four Missouri hunters to have a lawsuit filed against them for trespassing on private land while moving between two parcels of public land be dismissed has been denied by a federal judge.
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The “Backcountry Hunters and Anglers” organization has asked to join the federal “corner crossing” lawsuit involving four Missouri hunters filed by a North Carolina businessman who owns a ranch on Elk Mountain.
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Just one week after four Missouri hunters were acquitted of criminal trespassing charges in an ongoing “corner crossing” case in Carbon County, the second set of charges lobbied against the hunters were dismissed on Friday.
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Those Missouri hunters acquitted on trespass charges last week aren’t out of the woods yet. They’re still facing legal action in both state court and federal court. Here’s a breakdown of the three different cases.
A jury in state circuit court found four hunters innocent last week of criminal trespass charges. However, new trespass charges were filed on Monday against three of the hunters in connection with a 2020 incident.
Three of the four Missouri hunters who were acquitted last week of criminal trespass in a Carbon County corner crossing case have again been charged with the same crime, according to recent court filings.
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Four hunters from Missouri were found not guilty on Friday afternoon by a Carbon County jury of all criminal trespassing charges filed against them for allegedly crossing into the airspace of a private ranch.
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