CO: Hunter Busted For Baiting Bighorns With Salt
June 14, 2010
Hunter Busted For Baiting Bighorns With Salt Man Admitted Putting Out
Salt Blocks, Spreading Granular Salt
LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. -- A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to putting
out salt as bait to attract Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
Dave Hall, 52, of La Pata County, Colo., pleaded guilty to one count of
misdemeanor baiting and was fined $156.50. He also was placed on probation
for one year and his hunting privileges have been suspended for one year.
Baiting big game wildlife in Colorado is illegal.
Hall admitted to spreading more than 1,000 pounds of salt during the last
two years in at least four areas northeast of Vallecito Reservoir, according
to the a news release from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Hall
reportedly told wildlife officers that he placed salt blocks and spread
granular salt in numerous areas because he believed the bighorns needed
Hall did not have a hunting license for that area and said that he did
not guide hunters or receive any money for his actions.
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