Florida Men Banned from Hunting in Colorado Due to Wildlife Poaching
The men of Florida are continuing to live up to their meme status.
This time, two Florida men have been banned from hunting in Colorado after they were caught poaching wildlife.
According to The Denver Post, 33-year-old Timothy C. Draper and 30-year-old Lawrence J. Cowart, both of Bunnell, Florida, killed at least three mule dear and six pronghorn in Elbert and Lincoln counties in 2018.
Draper pleaded guilty to misdemeanor illegal possession of three or more big game animals.
Steven Cooley, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) hearing examiner, suspended his Colorado hunting license for 20 years last Tuesday (February 11).
Draper was also sentenced to two years of supervised probation, and had to give up all the weapons and equipment he used to kill the animals.
Cowart pleaded guilty to felony willful destruction of wildlife.
Cooley banned him from hunting in Colorado for life. He was also forced to give up his weapons and equipment used in the crime, and received three years of probation.
According to a news release from CPW, the two men simply killed the animals for sport, decapitating them and sending their heads to a taxidermist in Florida. The animals' meat was left to waste.
"Mr. Cowart has a history of violating wildlife laws...Timothy Draper has repeatedly demonstrated a deliberate lack of regard for Colorado's wildlife," said Cooley. "There can be no tolerance for Colorado's wildlife, and wildlife laws, to be abused and disrespected in this manner."
CPW became aware of these crimes after receiving an anonymous tip to Colorado's Operation Game Thief Hotline.
If you have any information about a possible crime against wildlife, contact CPW or call the hotline at (877)-265-6648. Callers do not have to testify in court and a reward is offered in most cases.