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WAYNE SHERIFF FACES 2 WILDLIFE CHARGES

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Wayne County Sheriff Kerry Bruce Ekker, 35, has been charged by the Utah attorney general's office with wildlife violations that it said occurred about two years ago in Garfield County.

Ekker is facing two misdemeanors, possession of unlawfully taken protected wildlife and waste of protected wildlife. A complaint was signed by Brian E. Adamson of the attorney general's office and filed in 6th Circuit Court in Panguitch Tuesday.Arraignment has been set for Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Garfield County Courthouse in Panguitch, said Circuit Court Clerk Donna Barney.

The first count charges the sheriff with possession of an illegally taken two-point mule deer Oct. 21, 1987, a Class A misdemeanor. The second charges that Ekker also "wasted or permitted to be wasted or spoiled protected wildlife or parts thereof" of the same animal - a Class B misdemeanor.

A probable cause statement filed with the complaint says the deer was taken in the Henry Mountains, located in Wayne and Garfield counties about 30 miles southeast of the Capitol Reef National Park in southeastern Utah.