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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Huntingdon Co, PA
Sentencing for poaching/illegal sale of rattlesnakes
The Trout Run man found snake-bitten in a port-a-potty last May recently was sentenced for selling rattlesnakes, cutting off their tails, and beheading prized bucks at a private hunting preserve.
Cody L. Short, 41, violated the rules and regulations of the PA Fish and Boat and Game Commissions in 2017, 2018 and 2019, court records show.
For three different criminal cases, Short was sentenced by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts to an aggregate term of six years supervision with one year of electronic home monitoring, 150 hours community service, and $400,000 restitution to be paid in $300-per-month increments.
On at least two occasions during the fall/winter of 2017, Short hopped a fence at night and entered the Whitetail Mountain Lodge in Anthony Township, Lycoming County, state police at Montoursville Trooper Matthew Miller wrote.
The Whitetail Mountain Lodge is an 800-acre parcel of fenced-in hunting land in owned by Richard E. Yingst Jr.
Yingst found 12 beheaded deer carcasses on his property in December 2017. Short admitted to using a .223 rile to shoot deer he did not pay for, Miller said.
"The deer are valued at a total of $138,000," Miller wrote.
For that crime, Short pleaded guilty to one third degree felony count criminal mischief, two third degree felony counts theft by unlawful taking, two first degree misdemeanor counts possessing the instrument of a crime, and two third degree misdemeanor counts of aggravated trespass on posted land.
Short must pay Yingst $400,000 restitution in $300-per-month installments, court records stated.
In June 2018, Short sold 11 timber rattlesnakes for $900 to an undercover officer from the PA Fish & Boat Commission, according to Waterways Conservation Officer Emmett Kyler III.
"Short stated he not only eats the snakes, but also sells them. Short stated he gets $5 per inch for the big yellow ones and $3 to $4 per inch for the other ones," Keller wrote in an affidavit.