JACKSON — Prosecutors want to drop charges against the Teton Raptor Center’s program director, who was accused of owning more hawks than allowed.
The charges stem from a discrepancy in Jason Jones’ application to own 17 raptors in 2010 and the permit he eventually received, which was for eight birds. Jones says Game and Fish Warden Bill Long assured him the difference was a mistake and that he could keep all his birds.
Prosecutor Steve Weichman says the agency failed to disclose a key email sent by a permit officer to Jones, reading “looks like part of the problem is my mistake. I didn’t put the correct number of birds on the permit for 2010.” Weichman says that damages the state’s argument.
The raptor center wasn’t named in the case.