Summit County: Moose poacher pleads guilty |

Summit County: Moose poacher pleads guilty

Bob Berwyn
Summit County, CO Colorado

Roy J. Dalton, 37, of Wheatridge, this week pleaded guilty to poaching a moose in December near Henderson Mill.

Dalton was apprehended and charged after wildlife officials asked the public for tips in the case. He was sentenced to 96 hours of a community service and two years probation and also fined $4,752.

From time to time, we get confused elk hunters, but this was just a blatant case of poaching,” said Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton. The illegal kill happened in late December, when there were no hunting seasons in effect in the area.

Dalton also faces a hearing that may result in a loss or suspension of hunting privileges.

Moose were introduced to North Park in Colorado in 1978 and 1979. They have expanded population and range into adjacent areas, including Summit County, where they are sighted on a regular basis.

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