Utah hunting guide accused of using oil, grain and PASTRIES to bait bear killed by Donald Trump Jr.

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A Utah hunting guide is charged after using oil, grain, PASTRIES and trained dogs to illegally bait the bear killed by Donald Trump Jr.

  • Wade Cox Lemon, 61, has been charged with ‘wanton destruction of protected wildlife’, a third degree felony
  • The charge stems from a hunt on May 18, 2018, according to court documents.
  • The state wildlife department was told of a pile of ‘grain, oil and pastries’ left behind by the hunting party from that day
  • Wildlife officers responded and confirmed the half-eaten bait was left in front of a trail camera with Lemon’s initials and phone number on it.
  • Trump Jr., who is a notorious hunter, was confirmed by multiple investigations to be Lemon’s client that day

A Utah hunting guide has been charged with illegal baiting during a 2018 bear hunt paid for by Donald Trump Jr.

The longtime outdoor professional allegedly used oil, grain and even pastries to lure the animal, which Trump Jr. later shot and killed. He also reportedly used dogs to surround the bear – two common tactics used to hunt the species but which were illegal in the region where the hunt took place.

Wade Cox Lemon, 61, has been charged with “wanton destruction of protected wildlife”, a third degree felony. The charge stems from a hunt on May 18, 2018, according to court documents.

The state wildlife department said it had been told of a pile of “grain, oil and pastries” left behind by the hunting party from that day.

Wildlife officers responded and confirmed the half-eaten bait was left in front of a trail camera with Lemon’s initials and phone number on it.

Wade Cox Lemon, 61, has been charged with ‘wanton destruction of protected wildlife’ – a third degree felony

Lemon helps attract animals for hunters and has been accused of illegal baiting, using dogs to nail a bear in a hunt involving Donald Trump Jr. (pictured above in a separate hunt)

Lemon helps attract animals for hunters and has been accused of illegal baiting, using dogs to nail a bear in a hunt involving Donald Trump Jr. (pictured above in a separate hunt)

Trump Jr. was there over the weekend to launch a hunting advocacy group called Hunter Nation, as well as a super PAC called Hunter Nation Action

Trump Jr. was there over the weekend to launch a hunting advocacy group called Hunter Nation, as well as a super PAC called Hunter Nation Action

The witness said the hunting party, which included the president’s eldest son, also used dogs because they found the straw used to line their cages on a nearby road.

The bear in question was registered with the local wildlife agency the same day.

“The end of the hunt is recorded, showing the bear surrounded by a pack of hunting dogs before the client shoots and kills the animal,” prosecutors wrote in the charging document. “Utah law prohibits luring bears to a bait station and then pursuing the animal with dogs.”

State Law says it is illegal to “possess or use bait or other bait to take protected wildlife that is prohibited by this title or any rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board.”

Trump Jr., who is a notorious hunter, was confirmed by multiple investigations to be Lemon’s client that day.

The president’s son posted an Instagram photo in the same area the weekend the hunt in question took place.

“Lots of quality time in the woods at 10,000 feet. #outdoors #weekend #adventure #cabin #utah,” he wrote.

Trump Jr. was there over the weekend to launch a hunting advocacy group called Hunter Nation, as well as a super PAC called Hunter Nation Action.

Trump Jr., who is a notorious hunter, was confirmed by multiple investigations to be Lemon's client that day

Trump Jr., who is a notorious hunter, was confirmed by multiple investigations to be Lemon’s client that day

According to Open Secrets, the group spent just under $97,000 on ads against Democrats in the 2020 election.

Lemon’s Facebook page confirmed Trump Jr.’s attendance this weekend, saying “we’re proud to call you a friend and thank you for all you do for the hunt and for Americans.”

Technically, Trump Jr. is both a victim and now a possible witness in what local county prosecutor Troy Rawlings calls ‘a fraudulent scheme to trick the hunter into believing that this was in fact a legitimate Wild West hunting situation.

Lemon, briefly reached by telephone by the Salt Lake Grandstandseemed surprised.

“As far as I know, everything was above board,” the Tribune said before hanging up.

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