Idaho lawmaker denies illegally possessing elk

Idaho lawmaker denies illegally possessing elk
Posted at 11:17 AM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 13:17:33-05

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho Rep. Pete Nielsen of Mountain Home has been charged with poaching an elk in southwest Idaho.

The Republican lawmaker entered a not guilty plea to possessing illegal wildlife on Wednesday in 4th District Magistrate Court.

Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game say Nielsen possessed a spiked elk on Dec. 29. Officials say Nielsen could only legally kill an antlerless elk.

Nielsen's next court date is in April.

The 77-year-old Nielsen has served in the Idaho Statehouse since 2002. Nielsen sits as vice-chair on the House Education Committee.

He declined to comment to The Associated Press.