NM: Hearing set in Taos, NM, in poaching case
Hearing set in Taos, NM, in poaching case
April 18, 2011
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A pretrial hearing is set Tuesday for a Taos man
accused of poaching 39 animals and throwing several carcasses off the Rio
Grande Gorge bridge in northern New Mexico.
Ray Cortez has pleaded not guilty.
The state Game and Fish Department accused him of the illegal killing and
possessing 29 deer, five bears, a cougar and four elk through August 2010
and of outfitting without a license.
The charges were filed Jan. 21 after search warrants alleged Cortez
possessed numerous game animal parts but no licenses or carcass tags showing
The 25-year-old Cortez previously was convicted of hunting cougars in a
closed area, hunting cougars without a license, hunting turkeys during a
closed season and violating the summer closure at the Valle Vidal.
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