Guide facing 5 years in prison after allegedly illegally baiting bear killed by Donald Trump Jr. on hunt

Updated: May. 22, 2022, 12:30 p.m. | Published: May. 22, 2022, 5:00 a.m.

Donald Trump Jr. at the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club.
Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a Sportsmen for Trump event at the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club.September 16, 2020 Sean Simmers |


By Brian Linder |

Donald Trump Jr. bagged a bear on a hunting trip to Utah back in 2018, but if the state’s department of natural resources’ allegations are true the scales were tipped illegally in his favor.

And now the hunting guide who took him on that trip, Wade Lemon, is reportedly facing felony charges for baiting the bear. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Lemon is now facing five years in state prison for using “a pile of grain, oil, and pastries” to bait the animal.

Trump Jr. is not named in the criminal complaint, but the Utah Department of Natural Resources said he was the client on the trip. Prosecutors have said there is no evidence that Trump Jr. knew the bear was being baited illegally.

In fact, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings reportedly referred to the client — Trump Jr. — as “a victim and now a possible witness in a fraudulent scheme to lead the hunter to believe it was actually a legitimate Wild West hunting situation.”

Lemon reportedly did a poor job of covering up the infraction. The Tribune reported the bait pile was found with a game camera focused on it with the initials WLH (Wade Lemon Hunting) written on the side along with his phone number. The report also said one of Lemon’s “subordinates” said he was told by Lemon to place the bait there weeks before the hunt.

Lemon told the Tribune he thought everything “was above board,” with the hunt.

Researchers use YouTube videos to study elephants’ response to death, say they may mourn

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by WKRCThursday, May 19th 2022

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A new study is shedding light on Asian elephant behavior, and the scientists behind the study used an unconventional method to collect the data. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

A new study is shedding light on Asian elephant behavior, and the scientists behind the study used an unconventional method to collect the data. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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BENGALURU, India (WKRC) – A new study is shedding light on Asian elephant behavior, and the scientists behind the study used an unconventional method to collect the data.

YouTube videos may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about research tools, but scientists at the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science say it helped them learn more about a rare behavior in these elephants: how they respond to the death of a species member, also known as thanatological responses. The study was published Wednesday inRoyal Society Open Science.

It’s rare to witness how animals respond to death in the wild; researchers have to be in the right…

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Researchers Develop New Technology to Read Pigs’ Emotions

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Researchers at the University of Copenhagen aredevelopingan automated emotion recognition tool that they claim can be used to assess pig welfare on farms. Lead researcher Elodie Briefer thinks this technology can be an important tool for determiningpositive welfarein animals, which looks beyond just the alleviation of suffering to how animals can have more fulfilled lives.

“Animals need to thrive,” says Briefer in aninterviewwith Copenhagen University, “It is not enough that they are in good physical shape or you reduce negative emotions.”

To create the technology, researchers collected previously recorded vocalizations from pigs in past studies. From this data, they selected 7,414 pig calls from some of the more disturbing moments in the pigs’ lives. The data included…

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NC community shows support for teen injured in hunting accident

by: Cheyenne Pagan

Posted: May 20, 2022 / 10:40 PM EDT

Updated: May 20, 2022 / 10:40 PM EDT


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A North Carolina community began rallying behind a local teen after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in January.

Bryson Capps, 13, was hunting when he was hit by a rogue bullet on New Year’s Eve. Months later, the community is still pulling together to support him as he recovers. 

Hundreds of community members gathered for one cause on Friday and that’s to “Bring Bryson Back.” A benefit dinner was held for Capps at Tar Landing Baptist Church in Jacksonville.


“The injury took a lot away. So he’s having to relearn pretty much everything again,” said Bryson’s cousin, Emily Battle. NC teen suffers traumatic brain injury in hunting incident

Bryson is in a much better position now than he was in January, according to his cousin. 

“He can have a conversation with you now. He’s regained movement on his right side. He’s feeding himself,” said Battle. 

But he’s still got a long road to go. He just graduated from a rehab facility in Atlanta.

Now, he’s moving on to another program to work on some of the things he has to relearn before he comes home.  

“He is currently in a wheelchair. He has movement and feeling on his right side. But his left side, he’s got a lot of nerve pain,” said Battle.  

The money raised from this benefit is going to help the family modify their house to fit his new needs.  

“They’re going to have to widen doorways, they’re going to have to build a ramp, they will have to have a new vehicle that can transport his wheelchair to and from therapies and doctor’s appointments,” said Battle.  

Organizers of the event hope to raise over $100,000 for the family. 

“We feel very comfortable with it. We’ll be able to get over our goal,” said one community volunteer, Billy Sewell. 

And that’s because of the overwhelming support Bryson has gotten from the very beginning, from the green bows on mailboxes to the hundreds of “Pray for Bryson” signs throughout the community.

“His reaction is exactly what you think it is, there’s a smile, there’s joy, he understands that. You know, you name a bunch of these people, he knows who they are, and he knows what they mean to him and our family,” said Battle.  

To follow along on Bryson’s road to recovery, follow “Bryson’s Believers” on Facebook here.  

Why Dogs Need More Control Over Their Lives

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Agency, choice, and control are essential for psychological integrity.

Posted May 18, 2022|Reviewed by Gary Drevitch


  • The single most significant problem facing homed dogs is lack of adequate agency.
  • Having a sense of control over one’s environment is fundamental to psychological integrity.
  • There are countless creative ways to enhance a dog’s agency.
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If I could identify the single most significant problem facing homed dogs right now it would be lack of adequate agency. Dogs have very little control over their sensory environment, their social interactions, and the basic elements of daily survival, all of which are orchestrated by human guardians. This lack of control—a near-total loss of agency—has significant fallout for their physical and especially their psychological well-being. Fortunately, there are countless easy ways to…

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Too Much Time On Your Phone Might Be Making Your Dog Depressed

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He might be sad about all your screen time.

By Ellen Schmidt

Published on 5/18/2022 at 4:30 PM

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It’s fair to say that our relationships in life require mental presence and a willingness to connect in order to thrive. Well, the same goes for your relationship with your dog.

In a busy world of daily distractions (social media being a prime example), what happens when we spend too much time on our phones — do our pets notice? Is your phone making your dogdepressed?

Dr. Iain Booth, a veterinary surgeon in the United Kingdom,made this assertionmore than four years ago. We’ve decided to revisit the topic because during the pandemic,many peoplebecame pet parents while simultaneously spendingmore timeon their phones.

We spoke with Colleen Safford, adog trainer, behavior expert and owner ofFar Fetched Acres, for more insight on…

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Wisconsin Hunter is Gored By a Buck, Rescued by Helicopter, Then Slapped with a Fine

Talk about a bad hunt. Richard C. Harris was injured, lost, and hospitalized in January. Now, it has come out that he gut busted for poaching, too


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A buck lower’s his antlers and creeps forward. ©Owen Bale / Getty Images


Imagine your worst day of deer hunting ever. Maybe the weather turned awful, or the deer just seemed to conspire against you. Well, no matter how bad it was, Wisconsin whitetail hunter—or I should say, poacher—Richard C. Harris can probably top it.

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Earlier this year, we covered the basic details of Harris’ ill-fated January hunt, when a buck he’d shot with a crossbow apparently turned on him as Harris followed the blood trail. The buck gored Harris in the leg, incapacitating him on a cold January night. After Harris failed to return home, his wife contacted authorities, who eventually found the wounded hunter after a frigid, late-night search. The 71-year old Harris was airlifted to a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia, frostbite, and  blood loss from his wounds. Doctors released Harris to return home on January 7.

It Get’s Worse

That would qualify as a nightmare deer hunt on most anyone’s list, but Harris’ saga wasn’t over. According to a story in the Antigo Journal, Wisconsin DNR conservation warden Peter McCormick investigated the scene in the hours following Harris’ evacuation. After locating Harris’ ground blind, which was situated on a food plot planted in brassicas and turnips, McCormick noted a pile of shelled corn that he estimated to comprise between 3 and 5 gallons of bait. Trouble is, baiting whitetails has been illegal since 2003 in the county where Harris had been hunting.

McCormick also found the blood trail of the buck, which led 500 yards to Harris’ property line. Harris, who’d apparently left his crossbow and warmer clothing behind, parked his ATV at the line and continued trailing the buck onto the neighbor’s property. The fatally wounded buck had bedded several times before Harris encountered the deer and approached it head-on from a close distance. McCormick felt the buck had not attacked Harris, as was originally reported, so much as the hunter was simply standing in the way of the whitetail’s attempted escape path. McCormick found the buck dead only a short distance from the site of the encounter.

Though the maximum fine for hunting over bait in Wisconsin can reach over $2,000, McCormick fined Harris $343.50 and returned his crossbow. Maybe he felt that being gored, lost, stranded for 8 hours, airlifted, and hospitalized was punishment enough. Well, almost enough: Although Harris repeatedly asked if he could keep the buck, McCormick confiscated the animal. 

Kansas thinks you’re accidentally buying vegetarian ‘meat,’ so it passed a law

Posted May 16, 2022 1:00 PM

A new Kansas law requires meat alternative products to include disclaimers showing they are made from plants, not animals. Dylan Lysen / Kansas News Service
A new Kansas law requires meat alternative products to include disclaimers showing they are made from plants, not animals. Dylan Lysen / Kansas News Service

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The power of the Kansas cattle industry means grocery shoppers in the state won’t be buying anything called sausage or burger unless it’s made of animal parts.

Gov. Laura Kelly recently signed a bill into law requiring meat substitutes to be sold with labeling that makes clear they come from plants, not livestock.

It’s part of a national effort from the meat industry to stave off competition from a range of products cutting into its market share. The Kansas Livestock Association pushed for the law for years, arguing it will spare consumers from confusion.

“It became pretty clear they were using deceptive labels to market their products,” KLA lobbyist Aaron Popekla said of meat alternative producers.

The law had bipartisan support, receiving a unanimous vote in both the Kansas House and Senate.

Similar to other states, Kansas law now prohibits the substitute products from using terms associated with animal meat unless they also provide a this-is-not meat disclaimer — like “meat-free,” “vegan,” or “plant-based.”

Plant-based meat products continue to grow in popularity. Recent retail data shows plant-based food sales imitating animal products have grown 54%, to a total of $7.4 billion, over the last three years, according to the Good Food Institute.

Many meat alternatives sold in Kansas already used disclaimer language on packaging, including the big brand names of the meat alternative market — Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.

In fact, the Impossible Foods mission is one of the reasons the KLA pursued the legislation. Popelka pointed to the Impossible Foods CEO Patrick Brown, who said in 2020 that the company wants to replace all animal-based meat products by 2035, according to CNBC.

Popelka said he took that to mean fake meat products are marketed to meat eaters, not vegans and vegetarians.

“(We’re) just making sure when consumers go to the grocery store, they know exactly what they are buying,” Popelka said.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce opposed the bill for placing restrictions on businesses that sell fake meat products, including the need for companies to make labels specific for Kansas.