Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Release Two Perry County Men Arrested and Charged With Poaching Two Bull ElkNovember 30, 2006 Contact: Mark Marraccini FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1-800-852-0942, ext. 310 Frankfort, Ky. – Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources arrested two Perry County men Wednesday, Nov. 29, and charged them with poaching two bull elk near Hazard. Alan R. Combs, 33, of Hazard, was charged with two counts of spotlighting and two counts of illegally killing and possessing elk. He remains lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Perry County in lieu of a $2,000 cash bond. The second person, Anthony Fugate, 32, of Viper, was released after posting $2,000 bond. He faces two counts of illegally killing and possessing elk, and one count of spotlighting. Conservation officers Lt. Frank Campbell, Greg Watts and Billy Collett conducted the investigations and made the arrests after learning about the Nov. 19 evening incidents on the old Lost Mountain strip mine. Campbell said Combs, with two young children in the vehicle with him, killed a small bull with a 20-gauge shotgun and slug sometime after dark. While trying to hide the vehicle, he became stuck and called Fugate for help. The two then removed the head of the small bull and later killed a bigger 6x6 bull and removed its head as well. They left the carcasses of the two animals in the field. The officers recovered one of the antlers from the larger bull from Combs’ vehicle. Later, officers recovered the other three antlers from Fugate. Combs is scheduled for arraignment in Perry District Court Monday, Dec. 4. Fugate has a trial date set for Dec. 11 in Perry District Court. Convictions could bring up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and $2,500 replacement cost for each poached elk. A conviction also could result in the forfeiture of any equipment used as well, including firearms and vehicles. The spotlighting charges carry $300 fines each.