TEXAS POACHER IN COLORADO FINED OVER $53,000 – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) investigated several years of illegal hunting reports in the Conifer and Evergreen areas leading to a plea deal with a Texas man, paying more than $53,000 in fines. Lawful hunters are grateful for the diligent efforts of CPW Officers to catch poachers. This case investigation was also sped along due to local tips. Suspected wildlife crimes can be reported anonymously to Operation Game Thief by phone at 877-265-6648 or by email at game.thief@state.co.us.

The CPW New Release explained:

“Raymond P. Muse, 50, of Chireno, Texas, pleaded guilty to willful destruction of wildlife and received a deferred judgement and sentence on that felony charge. Additionally, Muse pleaded guilty to 11 misdemeanor charges, including illegal possession of wildlife and hunting without a license, on Dec. 5, 2019 in Jefferson County District Court.”

An illegally killed elk CPW seized in this case. Photo Credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Conviction sentencing included:

  • Two years of supervised probation.
  • Court-ordered suspension of all hunting, fishing and trapping related activities.
  • Undergo a CPW Commission administrative hearing process to determine length of suspended privileges.
  • Suspension of hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado will be honored by all 48 member states through the Wildlife Violator Compact.
  • Restriction from possessing a firearm or other weapon, even for hunting purposes, during his two-year probation.
  • 96 hours of useful public service
  • $500 restitution to CPW
  • $500 donation to Colorado Operation Game Thief
  • Over $53,000 in fines (not including court costs)
  • Complete a hunter education program

CPW Wildlife Officer Scott Murdoch commented:

“We investigate crimes like this both to protect the wildlife of the state, but also to protect the interests of legal and ethical hunters here in Colorado. That is really important. We have a strong heritage in Colorado of hunting, fishing and trapping, that is what pays for wildlife conservation, but only when it is done right. Illegal and unethical actions like what Mr. Muse participated in put a black eye on hunters. Mr. Muse’s actions are those of a poacher, not a hunter, and it is good to bring somebody like Mr. Muse to justice.”

Muse went to great lengths to carry out his illegal activities. Read all about it in the CPW News Release. Do you think he is convicted sufficiently?

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