Ethics complaint centers on elk hunting permits

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 8 at 10:11 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Tourism Secretary Marcheta Sparrow is acknowledging that an ethics complaint raises allegations of favoritism in the way special elk hunting permits are doled out by Kentucky wildlife officials.

Sparrow confirmed Tuesday that the complaint had been filed against the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

At issue is whether wildlife officials showed preferential treatment in the awarding of elk hunting permits to nonprofit groups. The wildlife commission awards 10 permits each year to nonprofits, which, in turn, auction or raffle them in fundraisers.

Democratic state Rep. Brent Yonts of Greenville publicly aired the allegations during a legislative hearing on Tuesday evening.

Kentucky Wildlife Division Director Karen Waldrop said nothing improper has been done in awarding the elk hunting permits.

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