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IDAHO FALLS -- Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has been charged with poaching an elk in eastern Idaho.

Bonneville County Prosecutor Bruce Pickett says the Idaho Falls man was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor possession of game that was unlawfully taken.

Idaho Fish and Game said Rammell was in illegal possession of an elk on Dec. 8. When an officer asked Rammell for his hunting permit, he produced one for a different zone that expired in October.

Rammell said previously he thought the tag enabled him to hunt in any area he chose to.

Rammell ran in the Republican primary for governor this year and two years ago as an independent for the U.S. Senate.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 23.

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