Updated: May. 22, 2022, 12:30 p.m. | Published: May. 22, 2022, 5:00 a.m.
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.
- Former Utah Jazz star John Stockton writes letter supporting alleged Capitol insurrectionist
- NASCAR star accused of ‘tortious act’ by wife as couple works to dissolve marriage
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.