Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Activist gets prison time for disrupting lion hunt

Aug 8, 2006 12:14 PM EDT

An animal activist was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison and three years supervised probation for his roll in the disruption of a mountain lion hunt here two years ago.

Rodney Coronado, 39, of Tucson, was convicted in December of conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, a felony, and two misdemeanor charges of destroying government property and of interfering with a U.S. Forest Service officer.

Coronado and another activist, Matthew Crozier, were charged with entering the Sabino Canyon National Recreation Area in March 2004 when authorities had closed it and interfering with their efforts to hunt lions believed to have posed a potential threat to visitors to the popular recreation site.

The two were accused of pulling up sensors and disabling snare traps and also spreading mountain lion urine to confuse tracking dogs.

Coronado and Crozier, 33, of Sedona, were both described as members of the Tucson chapter of the Earth First environmental group.

Crozier was convicted of the same charges as Coronado on Dec. 13. He was sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours of community service and fined $1,000.

Coronado was ordered to pay $100 restitution.


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