HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The mayor of a southern Utah city was arrested for suspicion of his involvement in an alleged poaching incident on opening day.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ law enforcement Capt. Mitch Lane says John Bramall knowingly allowed Gordon and John Marble to kill and remove a trophy deer and a smaller deer from his Kane County property without the proper permits in October.
“They had valid permits for the Zion deer unit and the two deer that were taken were taken on the Paunsaugunt deer unit.
While the DWR doesn’t believe Bramall was there at the time of the alleged poaching, Utah law states anyone helping others poach are to be charged with the same crime.
“One is what we would call a trophy class deer, and that would make that a felony. The other one was not a trophy-class deer so that would often bring Class A misdemeanor charges,” Lane said.
Bramall was booked five days after the hunt and was quickly released from the Kane County Jail.
It is important to note that Bramall has not been officially charged in the poaching case. DWR says they are wrapping up their investigation and will soon submit it to the Kane County prosecutor.
Bramall declined ABC4 Utah’s repeated requests for comment on the arrest. Members of the Hurricane city council also did not want to comment for this story.