CO: Hunter Ordered To Pay $9K In Poaching Case
Hunter Ordered To Pay $9K In Poaching Case
Floyd Gutierrez Pleads No Contest To Willful Destruction Of Wildlife
May 5, 2011
CRAIG, Colo. -- A hunter who wildlife officials said harvested trophy
parts of three mule deer bucks and two pronghorn bucks while abandoning much
of the meat has been fined $4,000.
Floyd Gutierrez, 63, was also ordered to make a $5,000 donation to
Operation Game Thief, the nonprofit organization that pays rewards to help
solve poaching cases in Colorado. Gutierrez pleaded no contest to willful
destruction of wildlife.
"Shooting an animal and only taking the trophy parts is a very serious
crime that is essentially stealing from all of the people of Colorado," said
Craig District Wildlife Manager Mike Swaro, who led the investigation. "Like
this one, many of the cases we investigate come to us through tips from
members of the public who are concerned about poaching."
The case was investigated after a wildlife official received a tip in
November 2008. During a search of Gutierrez's home and shop, investigators
found hides, animal parts, antler racks, buckets filled with animal tissue,
and meat stored in a freezer. DNA tests identified multiple animals and
trophy parts but minimal meat harvested from those kills. Gutierrez could
lose his hunting privileges permanently pending a review by a Division of
Wildlife hearing examiner.
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