AZ game official self-reports prairie dog shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 5:18 PM

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — A state Game and Fish commissioner says he was surprised to receive a citation after he reported the shooting of a prairie dog out of season.

Jack Husted tells The Associated Press that he was unaware of a hunting season for Gunnison prairie dogs when he took a friend's 13-year-old son out shooting in Springerville in April and let him kill the animal.

Husted says he learned days later at a commission meeting that the hunting season had ended March 31. He then reported the shooting and believed he would be disciplined.

He received a citation instead and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor Tuesday.

State Game and Fish Department spokesman Jim Paxon called Husted's action exemplary but says it doesn't erase the violation.

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