Federal judge won't reduce bison protester's fine

2014-07-23T08:25:00Z 2014-07-23T14:43:08Z Federal judge won't reduce bison protester's fineThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 23, 2014 8:25 am  • 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A judge has refused to reduce a fine against a man who chained himself to a concrete-filled drum to protest the slaughter of bison from Yellowstone National Park earlier this year.

Twenty-year-old Comfrey Jacobs was arrested in March after blocking the road to the Stephens Creek corrals. Park officials were holding bison in the corrals, near the park border in Montana.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman last month found Jacobs guilty of misdemeanor interference with a government agency function. Carman ordered Jacobs to pay the Yellowstone Park Foundation Wildlife Protection Fund $2,500 in addition to other fines and fees.

Montana lawyer Summer Nelson represents Jacobs. Nelson protested the $2,500 payment was improper because the park foundation wasn't a victim.

Carman on Tuesday denied Nelson's request to drop the payment requirement.

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