Boulder skiwear executive admits to illegal hunt in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 58-year-old Boulder skiwear company executive has admitted to taking part in an illegal sheep hunt in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2008 and was sentenced Friday to pay $10,000.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Spyder Active Sports CEO Thomas M. McGann admitted to transporting a Dall sheep taken illegally.

McGann paid $11,000 to hunt Dall sheep in the wildlife refuge in August 2008, according to the plea agreement. He killed a sheep that had less than full curl horns, which is a violation of Alaska law unless the both the horns had been broken before the kill or the sheep was 8 years old or older, the agreement said.

He may not hunt anywhere in the U.S. for one year and must forfeit the sheep under the agreement.

McGann is the former president of Vermont-based snowboard manufacturer Burton Snowboards, one of the largest snowboard companies in the world. Court documents say he paid $11,000 for the hunt.

He has served as CEO for Boulder, Colo.-based Spyder since 2009. The company is an official supplier for the U.S. Ski Team.