October 11, 2007
A Rifle man faces seven counts of illegal sale of wildlife for
allegedly running illegal hunting camps.
Michael Lynn Bishop, 56, was advised of the charges Wednesday. He was
arrested on a warrant with a $15,500 bond on Friday behind the Garfield
County Jail. Glenwood Springs Police made the arrest after they learned
that Bishop, who had an active warrant, was near the jail.
Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesperson Randy Hampton said, "The
District Attorney is dealing with those charges so we're not in a
position to comment other than to say that in the course of
investigation into a trespassing violation, CDOW contacted some hunters,
talked with those hunters and determined that Mr. Bishop was engaged in
outfitting operations without a license, and we're alleging that Mr.
Bishop was doing so in violation of state law."
It was reported that CDOW conducted a yearlong investigation into two
alleged elk hunting camps on Bureau of Land Management land north of
Rifle near the Rio Blanco County border. Bishop allegedly took checks of
up to $3,000 from hunters from as far away as Louisiana, Mississippi and
California for his services.
From the Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611
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