Man blamed for terminating right to hunt exotic animals, including alligators

Kelly Holleran Aug. 22, 2014, 5:02pm

Two people claim their right to hunt various animals, including alligators and elk, was revoked after they paid more than $25,000 to do so.

David Elizalde and Chris Urteaga filed suit July 31 in the Galveston County District Court against Jimmy Garner. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs paid Garner $27,500 for the right to hunt a list of big game or exotic animals, including two alligators, two elk, two Aoudad sheep, 16 fallow deer, four black buck deer and five black buck does.

In exchange for the payment, the plaintiffs were supposed to have 60 days to complete the hunt, according to the complaint.

However, after the plaintiffs hunted and shot three animals, Garner repudiated the agreement and terminated their right to hunt, the suit states.

The plaintiffs say Garner violated the Deceptive Trade Practices Act and breached his contract with the plaintiffs.

They are seeking actual and multiple damages, plus attorney's fees, costs and other general relief.

The plaintiffs are being represented by attorney Frederic M. Wolfram of The Wolfram Law Firm.

Galveston County District Court case number 14-cv-0816

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Galveston County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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