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CO: Three men from Kentucky have been fined more than $5,000 for illegal hunting
activities in Western Colorado

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

PAONIA, Colo. (KKCO) - Three men from Kentucky have been fined more than
$5,000 for illegal hunting activities in Western Colorado.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the fines stem from an incident back
in September 2009.

Officials say Talmage C. Ward shot and killed a bull elk while on a hunting
trip near Paonia, but did not have a license for one. When approached by a
former wildlife officer who was also hunting in the area, they say Ward
became nervous, then took an elk license from another member of his hunting
group.

The former wildlife officer took pictures of the men with the elk and
reported it to authorities.

In February of this year, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service executed a search
warrant on Ward's home and found elk antlers.

Officials say shortly after that, Ward admitted to killing the elk and using
his friend's license to tag the animal. Using another person's license, or
"party hunting", is illegal in Colorado.

Ward was cited for unlawful take of a bull elk, unlawful hunting without a
license, unlawfully receiving another person's license and unlawful
transport of wildlife. He was fined $3,207 and assessed 50 points against
his hunting and fishing privileges.

Two other members of his hunting party -- James Spaulding and Bennie
Moore -- were also cited for complicity and fined.

If you suspect that a wildlife crime has been committed, you are asked to
call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.

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