Ore. hunting guide, big game outfitter charged with wildlife plot in Colo.

DENVER (AP) — Federal authorities have accused a Colorado man and a guide from Oregon of illegally capturing and maiming mountain lions and bobcats as part of a scheme to make hunting the cats easier for their clients.

The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that Christopher Loncarich, of Mack, Colo., and Nicholaus Rodgers, of Medford, Ore., have been indicted on charges including transportation and sale of unlawfully taken wildlife.

Authorities say Loncarich is a big game outfitter who operated in Colorado on the Utah border. Court records did not indicate if the two men had attorneys.

The indictment alleges Loncarich and Rodgers trapped the cats and released them when clients were nearby. Authorities said guides sometimes shot the cats in the paws or legs or attached leg-hold traps to hold them.