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Letter: Angry about poachers

I am extremely upset after reading your July 12 article about the four hunters, two of whom are still employees of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who unlawfully poached a trophy elk on private property two years ago.

Not only is it disappointing to learn that two of the hunters are still working for the Fish and Wildlife agency, but even more outrageous is that the poacher, one of the Fish and Wildlife employees, clearly knew he was breaking the law on two counts, no $49 bull elk hunting tag and trespassing on private property.

Adding insult to injury, the poacher was allowed to plead down his violations to minor offenses and his “fine” is actually a tax deductible donation. Unbelievable!

His three hunting buddies were able to plead down to mere trespassing. This is incredible. Your article concludes that a Colorado Parks and Wildlife hearing officer is to determine whether to sentence the hunters a five-year suspension of hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado, with a 43-state reciprocity agreement. I strongly encourage the hearing officer to do so. To do otherwise, would encourage others to repeat this terrible act. No other private citizen would be handled with such leniency.

Kathy Weiss


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