The head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was given a ticket for hunting on private property.
According to the Denver Post, the incident dates back to September in the Egeria Park area. DNR director Mike King was hunting on a familiar ranch which happened to be managed as two separate properties.
King pleaded not guilty Decenber 10, and will appear before Routt County Judge James Garrecht on February 26.
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The landowner himself has taken some of the blame, claiming he never fully explained the boundaries to King, who also took initial responsibility, according to court documents.
King was riding an ATV, following elk along a ridge, when he says he unknowingly crossed into private property and therefore was trespassing.
When a state wildlife officer confronted King about his out of bounds hunting, it was King who admitted that it was a hunter’s responsibility to know the property they are hunting.
King was reportedly apologetic and said he “felt sick” about the incident.
The Colorado Department of Natural Resources oversees all wildlife in the state, and has an especially important role in regulating game hunting. Documents released by the DNR gave more information on the case, but King has yet to comment himself leading up to his day in court.
Should the director of the DNR get off without punishment in this case? Or should he be given the same treatment as anyone else? Share your thoughts in the comments.