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Two plead guilty to hunting in National Park

By Deborah Frazier, Rocky Mountain News

February 7, 2006

A man and a woman have pleaded guilty to hunting in Rocky Mountain National Park, federal officials said today.

Cindy Szemenyei of Firestone and Timothy Routh of Wellington were contacted Nov. 19 in the Endovalley area of the park. Park visitors had told rangers about two people wearing blaze orange and carrying a rifle.

Investigators said Szemenyei said she had shot a deer and she and Routh were tracking the animal's blood. Rangers were unable to locate a wounded deer, but blood tests indicated Szemenyei had shot an elk, not a deer.

"Szemenyei was certainly not trying to hide her activity," said chief ranger Mark Magnuson. "However, hunters need to be knowledgeable of where they are."

Szemenyei was charged with hunting in a national park and possessing a loaded weapon. She was ordered to pay two $350 fines and forfeited a .234 caliber rifle and a Tasco scope and a .25 semi-automatic Berretta.

Routh was fined $200 for possessing a weapon in a national park.

"This is a popular spot for visitors with picnic tables and trails," Magnuson said. "It is fortunate that no one was in the area when she shot the rifle."

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