RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man accused of illegally hunting mountain lions by baiting them with dead deer has pleaded guilty.

The Rapid City Journal reports 39-year-old William Colson VI recently pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors related to prohibited hunting and unlawful possession of a big game animal. Each offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

It’s against state law to bait lions, as well as to collect, possess and transport dead deer without permission from state wildlife officials.

Colson was charged in February along with Rapid City resident Mason Hamm. Hamm’s case is ongoing. He’s due in court next month.

Colson also has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing lions and deer in a related case. He’s to be sentenced in both cases next month.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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