Colorado DOW Charges Man Poaching

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A 36 year old natural gas worker has been charged with illegally killing a trophy buck deer north of Parachute on Thanksgiving Day. Colorado Division of Wildlife officers arrested Joseph L. Chapman of Provo, Utah as part of an ongoing enforcement effort to reduce poaching incidents in the expanding gas fields of western Colorado.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, Chapman was arrested and transported to the Garfield County Jail on the following charges:

  • CRS 33-6-117(1)(a) Willful destruction of wildlife. Class 5 Felony. 1-3 years in prison and $1,000-$100,000 fine, if convicted. Hunting and fishing license suspension of one year to lifetime in Colorado and 23 other states.
  • CRS 33-6-120 Hunting out of season. Misdemeanor. $592 fine. 15 license suspension points.
  • CRS 33-6-109(1) Illegal possession of wildlife. Misdemeanor. $700 fine. 15 pts.
  • CRS 33-6-109(3.4)(a) "Samson Surcharge". $10,000 fine.
  • CRS 33-6-114 Transportation and exportation of wildlife. $50 fine. 5 pts.

Officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources assisted with the investigation.

Anyone who witnesses illegal activities is urged to contact the local DOW office, call Operation Game Thief toll free at (877) COLO-OGT, or dial 9-1-1.