CO: Two men cited for illegally hunting elk in Snowmass
January 14, 2010
Two men cited for illegally hunting elk in Snowmass Animals allegedly
killed on public open space
Glenwood Springs, CO,
Two local men are facing multiple charges for allegedly hunting and
killing three elk on public open space on the outskirts of Snowmass Village.
Both the Colorado Division of Wildlife and a Pitkin County Open Space and
Trails ranger have issued citations to the men — Angus “Herman” Anderson Jr.
of Snowmass Village and Dana Knight of Aspen.
The alleged incident occurred Sunday, apparently on land owned and held
in conservation by the town of Snowmass Village, said John Armstrong, open
space ranger for the county. He said he cited both men for driving on county
open space, which is not permitted, and illegal hunting. The latter charge
carries a $1,000 fine; there is a $100 fine for driving on open space.
“We take it very seriously,” Armstrong said.
Anderson has been cited by the DOW with two counts of the unlawful taking
of an elk, one count of hunting without a valid and proper license, and one
count of hunting in a closed area, said division spokesman Randy Hampton.
The potential fine for all four counts is $5,728.50, plus 60 license
suspension points. Charges resulting in 20 or more points lead to an
automatic hearing before the division of wildlife and can result in
suspension of hunting and fishing privileges from one year to life, Hampton
The DOW has cited Knight with one count of the illegal taking of an elk,
one count of illegal possession of an elk and one count of hunting in a
closed area, according to Hampton. The potential fines total $4,235.50, plus
The men may either pay the fines or appear in Pitkin County District
Court on March 16, Hampton said.
According to Armstrong, the men apparently drove onto a county open space
parcel north of Brush Creek Road and, from the county's land, accessed the
Snowmass open space. The county parcel is gated, but wasn't locked. A “no
hunting” sign is posted next to the gate, he said.
A cow elk and two calves were allegedly shot, Armstrong said.
The men both held private land cow licenses, which are valid for one
animal per license, taken on private land with the owner's permission,
According to Armstrong, Anderson said he had permission to hunt, but then
cited a landowner who hasn't owned the property in more than a decade. The
county open space was purchased in the mid-1990s, he said.
The men wound up shooting three animals after firing at a group of elk
and wounding one without realizing it, Armstrong said. After shooting two
other elk, they discovered they'd wounded the first animal and killed it to
put it out of its misery, he said.
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