The Idaho Department of Fish and Game placed one of its Salmon Region conservation officers on paid administrative leave Wednesday in connection with criminal and administrative investigations into alleged violations of outfitting and hunting laws.
According to a news release from the agency, the criminal investigation involves alleged wrongdoing by several individuals and is a joint operation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading the criminal investigation, with assistance from Idaho Fish and Game personnel based in the department’s Boise headquarters. Fish and Game is also conducting a separate administrative investigation.
“We take these allegations very seriously,” Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore said. “We hold our officers to the highest standards.
“This is both an ongoing criminal investigation and a personnel matter. As of [Thursday], no criminal charges have been brought against the officer, and we are not releasing the officer’s name pending further investigation,” Moore said. “We want to protect the integrity of both the criminal and administrative investigations. We must also maintain the due process rights of the officer, so we have no further comment on investigation details at this time.”