Moffat County rancher convicted of poaching |

Moffat County rancher convicted of poaching

CRAIG ” A jury has convicted a Moffat County rancher of poaching charges in the killing of elk found last spring in a hay field and along a highway and county roads.

The district court jury Friday convicted Rodney Culverwell of 16 of the 80 poaching charges stemming from a Colorado Division of Wildlife investigation last spring.

The charges included felony willful destruction of big game and misdemeanor charges of hunting without a license and hunting out of season.

Culverwell’s sentencing hearing is scheduled Nov. 4 and the possible penalties include jail time, fines or parole.

Rancher Kenneth Wolgram pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the case in August. He will be sentenced Sept. 25.

Culverwell, convicted of killing only four of several elk, said he shot the animals because they were caught in his fence.

He testified that he couldn’t pull his fence up while the elk were tangled in them and he couldn’t cut them loose because the animals would be dangerous.

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