DOW cites man for poaching
A Rifle bowhunter was cited Wednesday for poaching a bull elk on private property in Snowmass Village, the Colorado Division of Wildlife reported. Wildlife officials combed area highways and back roads Wednesday afternoon for a man who was suspected of taking an elk at Wildcat Ranch that was estimated to be 3-4 years old. The elk was killed in the late morning, prompting a call to the DOW’s Operation Gamethief and to Snowmass Village police by a man who was working at the property. Within minutes, a call went out to law enforcement agencies across the valley to be on the lookout for a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was thought to be headed downvalley toward Glenwood Springs and eventually to Rifle. The truck was not immediately located, however, so wildlife officials, who were given the truck’s license plate number, went to the suspected poacher’s home to wait for him. “We had an officer waiting at his house,” DOW Aspen district wildlife manager Kevin Wright said. “We made a case on him. We wrote him for hunting on private property without permission and illegal bull.”The suspect, 38-year-old Rifle resident Kyle Timmer, actually had a hunting license, but it isn’t valid on private property without permission to hunt there. “The act of hunting on private property makes the taking of the elk illegal,” Wright explained. Wright said Timmer would have had to go through a gate to get to the spot where the elk was killed. The two charges are both misdemeanors and carry a maximum fine of $1,507 and the possible loss of hunting and fishing privileges. Timmer’s bow and the arrow that’s suspected of killing the bull were confiscated for evidence, Wright said. Wright characterized the suspected poaching as “serious,” and he said the number of deer and elk poachings tend to pick up during hunting season.”There’s more trespassing on private property,” he said. If Timmer is convicted, the elk meat will be given to a charity and the antlers will be sold at an auction. If he’s found innocent, the bull will be returned.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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