Hunter fined for illegally killing moose

A Highlands Ranch hunter has been fined $5,177 and given three years supervised probation after being found guilty of illegally killing a cow moose and not reporting the incident.

According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Joel D. Eady, 30, killed the cow moose in October, 2010, while hunting in the Missouri Creek Basin area east of Meeker.

The DOW report said witnesses told investigating officers that Eady admitted killing the moose and told the witnesses he would report the incident but never did.

“The biggest concern here is that Mr. Eady never reported this to us,” said District Wildlife Manager and lead investigator Jon Wangnild.  “We understand that mistakes happen and we will usually be more lenient with someone who reports an accident right away, but failing to report this incident turned a careless mistake into a felony.”

Eady now faces a lifetime suspension of his hunting privileges pending a review by a Division of Wildlife hearing examiner.


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