We first learned of the probe from subscriber Lee Murray who hunted Ukraine in 1999 through agent Denny Guerink. Murray said he was assured by the Special Agent who contacted him that neither he nor any of the other US hunters who have visited Ukraine are in any jeopardy. "He told me the agency was simply helping the Ukrainian government with an internal investigation. He called it a `reciprocal courtesy'," Murray said.
Here at The Hunting Report, we think this matter bears close scrutiny because of the Lacey Act, which makes it a serious offense to import into the US a trophy taken in violation of local law overseas. Would an unintentional violation of local law subject one to sanctions under the Lacey Act? As this was written, we were looking into this possibility.
The other angle that interests us is the use of US taxpayer money to help a foreign government run down what must be a small amount of money. What earthly reason can there be to involve the FBI in a scandal stemming from a handful of visiting hunters?
At this writing, the Special Agent in charge of the investigation had not returned our calls. When we hear from him, we will ask the above questions and file an update.