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Charges Dropped in Elk Poaching Case

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Charges against three men accused of poaching a bull elk in Tampico were dropped Friday morning, but they may not be out of the woods just yet.

Charges against William Gunter, his son Christopher Gunter, and Jon Boiselle were "dismissed without prejudice". That means the Department of Fish and Wildlife has one year to press the same charges again.

The charges include second-degree criminal trespassing, illegal big game hunting, and second-degree big game spotlighting.

Joanne Umipig, whose property the elk was alleged to be poached on, says she has spoken with officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  They say it's likely the charges will be pressed again.

"We would like to see these people punished to the fullest extent of the law," says Umipig. "We would like to see them be an example, out in the county, that the law does prevail".

Two additional members of the hunting party were in Yakima Superior Court today, however their names have not been released. Their case was also turned back over to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for further review.