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February 24, 2013

Taxidermist speaks out against Steidley

CLAREMORE — Taxidermist Tony Shrum is speaking out against District Attorney Janice Steidley’s attention to a 2012 Rogers County wildlife case involving her spouse, Larry Steidley and her brother Ray Smith.

“Janice Steidley said she was going to handle this like any other case, but then when it came down to it, this deal was different,” Shrum said. “I’m just the taxidermist, I don’t want to be in it, but right is right and wrong is wrong,” 
“I handled this matter in the proper way.  Once the game ranger contacted me and asked me how to handle this situation, I told him to handle it as he would in any other case,” Janice Steidley said.  
Shrum, owner of Shrum’s Taxidermy, provided information that indicates three different people questioned him in the days after he provided a statement to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, regarding the illegal possession and hunting of two whitetail deer.
Shrum believes that the questioning of his original statements about the illegal activities of Larry Steidley and Smith was an attempt to manipulate the truth.
“They were looking for any loophole to get him [Larry Steidley] out of it,” Shrum said.
Larry Steidley and Smith were charged with illegal possession and illegal hunting of a whitetail deer.
The deer were brought to Shrum’s Taxidermy for processing by Larry Steidley, according to the officer’s report.
“They were wrong and they were just trying to blame it on somebody,” Shrum said. “But, that is not the way they look at it, it is all politics.”
 A mutual friend of Shrum and District Attorney Janice Steidley was the first to ask him to verify his story, according to Shrum.
Shrum did not want to identify the man by name, but confirmed that he presented a copy of the officer’s report and the evidence after meeting with Janice Steidley. 

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