Despite Best Efforts, Poaching Still Plagues the Rockies
Officials believe almost as many animals are killed illegally as the legal take.
By New West Editor, 8-22-11
Poached bull elk in southern Utah. Photo courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
More than 5,000 reports have been received of poaching in Colorado since 1981, resulting in more than 900 convictions, for which about $800,000 in fines were levied, and $150,000 paid to citizens for reports of suspected poaching, a recent summary asserts.
Studies show that poachers kill almost as many animals as legitimate hunters do during legal seasons in various states, says the report, from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). It points out that poachers steal not only revenues generated by legitimate hunting, but kill threatened, endangered and non-game species.