A Nevada man has been sentenced to one year and a day in prison for breaking into a National Park Service site and disturbing the only home for one of the world's rarest fish.
The park service and the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday that Trenton Sargent, of Indian Springs, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release.
Sargent pleaded guilty in July to one count of violation of the Endangered Species Act, one count of destruction of U.S. property, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm in the 2016 break-in at Devils Hole, a water-filled cavern 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Las Vegas.
Prosecutors say Sargent rammed his ATV into the gate at Devils Hole and smashed the eggs and larvae of the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish.
KNPR has been following news about the Devils Hole pupfish - those stories can be found here.