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Man who destroyed endangered Devils Hole pupfish in Death Valley NP pleads guilty; could get prison

An Indian Springs man pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the Endangered Species Act for his role in a 2016 break-in at a water-filled cavern in Nevada that is home to one of the world’s rarest species of fish.

According to federal prosecutors, Trenton Sargent, 28, rammed his ATV into the gate at Devils Hole and entered the protected National Park Service site 90 miles west of Las Vegas. Once inside, Sargent and two other men shot up signs, locks and parts of the surveillance system before Sargent went into the water, smashing in the process the eggs and larvae of the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish at the peak of its spawning season.



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