Villages President Charged with Poaching

By: AP
By: AP

HELENA, Mont. (AP) --

The president of a Florida retirement community and seven others have been charged with poaching in Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bob Gibson says Mark
Morse faces felony charges that carry penalties of more than 20
years in prison and $203,000 in fines.

Morse, his wife and his daughter are among eight people who have
been issued summonses on felony and misdemeanor wildlife violations
dating back to 2006.

Morse is the president and chief operating officer of The
Villages retirement community 45 miles northwest of Orlando. He
owns a ranch in Montana's Yellowstone and Big Horn counties, and
co-owns another ranch with James "Ike" Rainey.

Rainey owns Rainey Construction Co., which does work in The
Villages. He also has been charged.

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