SEATTLE - Charges have been dismissed against a Lewis County man following the killing of a trophy bull elk that had become something of a celebrity in the Ellensburg area and was called Bullwinkle by locals.
The Seattle Times reports that the case against 77-year-old Tod Reichert of Saikum was dismissed Thursday in Lower Kittitas County District Court.
Reichert had been charged with unlawful hunt of big game in the second degree after the December 2015 killing Bullwinkle, the largest of five bull elk that lived in a hayfield and didn't mind if people stopped to take photos.
Reichert had a raffle permit that allowed him some additional hunting opportunities.
Judge James Hurson in dismissing the case ruled that state regulations outlining hunting restrictions were too vague.