CO: Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger demoted, not fired, for poaching
May 15, 2013
By Ryan Parker, DenverPost.com
A Colorado Parks and Wildlife ranger was fined and demoted, but
not terminated, for using artificial light while poaching a trophy
mule deer after legal hunting hours last October.
October, Travis McKay, a park ranger of the Trinidad Lake State
Park, was cited for poaching a trophy mule deer after hunting hours
while using artificial light, according to incident report.
The wildlife officer who stopped McKay originally congratulated him
on the kill, but noticed the deer wasn't tagged, the report states.
McKay originally lied to the wildlife officer about what time
the animal had been shot, but the man's phone, which had a text
message about the kill, showed it was killed after hours, according
to the report.
McKay finally admitted to poaching the deer
and was issued a fine of more than $11,000, most of which stemmed
from the deer being a trophy animal.
In addition to paying
the fine, McKay was stripped of his law enforcement status and took
a pay cut when he was transferred to the Cheery Creek State Park as
a park technician, Cables said.
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