CO Parks and Wildlife Speak Out about Illegal Hunting Case
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Colorado Parks and Wildlife is calling a case that had four visiting South Carolina men in Mesa County court on Tuesday, “unethical.”
According to officials, 51-year-old George Plummer, 50-year-old Joseph Nevling, 25-year-old Michael Courtney, and 55-year-old James Cole were hunting in the Bush Creek Area, east of Collbran on Saturday, when authorities arrested them for illegal hunting practices.
On Tuesday, the men pleaded guilty to all charges, including the use of poison and toxicants with their archery equipment, hunting black bears over bait, hunting after legal hunting hours, and illegal possession of big game wildlife.
Wildlife officials say this is a very rare case but above all, immoral.
“They term it as an ‘insurance policy,’” said Mike Porras of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “But essentially, what it is, it allows them to take any kind of a shot, maybe not the most responsible shot, but as long as they can get it into the blood stream of the animal, then the animal dies. That’s certainly not keeping with what archery is all about.”
Officials say that in South Carolina, this poison is allowed but illegal to use in Colorado.
They say these individuals, who did have a license to hunt this game, were aware they were breaking the law.
All four men are not allowed to hunt or fish in Colorado for 4 years, and in total, have to donate $2,250 to Operation Game Thief and pay $6,500 in fines.