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Resource ID: #15809
Subject: Animals
Source: Outside
Date: 1999-10-01


Outside Magazine reports that "...The seeds of Ray Hillsman's downfall were sown by his mouth, which was big and which, for the life of him, he couldn't keep shut... Once he illustrated his tale by flashing a wad of $50 and $100 bills - profits, he claimed, from selling the gallbladders of his prey to an Asian businessman down in Eugene (Oregon.) Nobody knows for sure how many bears Hillsman and his poaching ring killed, but Oregon officials estimate that they wasted upward of 50 to 100 black bears a year for five to ten years...And for a while, nothing could stop him--not (veteran game warden Richard) Lane, not the cops, and certainly not his own conscience. Hillsman had become the poacher king."

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