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Bayfield man ticketed for illegally killing bear
10/10/2008 By: Melanie B Mazur
A Bayfield man last week received a $2,123 ticket from the Colorado Division of Wildlife for allegedly committing three misdemeanors during a bear hunt.
Terry Grimes, 48, who lives on County Road 502, was cited for the illegal taking of a bear, hunting a bear without a proper and valid license, and hunting in the wrong unit.
Information from the public was critical in Grimesí arrest, said Cary Carron, the local agent for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Grimes was charged with the misdemeanors last week after he allegedly shot a bear on Grassy Mountain, behind Forest Lakes, when his bear tag was for Unit 82 in the San Luis Valley, which is near Alamosa.
"He had a bear license, but he was using it in the wrong spot," Carron said. CDOW also confiscated the bear, he said. The bear hunt was in September, Carron added.
In a telephone interview Thursday, Grimes said he had been planning to hunt for bear in Unit 82.
While hunting in Unit 75 in La Plata County with his elk and deer tags, Grime said he saw a bear and shot it.
"I admitted it and paid the fine," Grimes said.
When asked if he was proud of his actions, Grimes said no.
Carron said he suspected something was amiss when Grimes brought his bear tag to the Durango CDOW office to have it "sealed." Under Colorado law, all bear tags and carcasses have to be verified by CDOW personnel. Most hunters who harvest a bear get their kills sealed at a nearby CDOW office.
Carron said he appreciated the tips from members of the public about the case. That information is needed to prosecute most poaching crimes.
Information from the public also was used during a recent plea by an area man to killing two bears on his property near Gem Village, he said.
Carron said other than the two bear cases, he hasnít investigated too many wildlife cases this fall, although itís still early in the season.
"We haven't seen many elk being killed," he said.
Anyone with suspicions of hunters poaching can call Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648. Callers do not have to reveal their names or testify in court. A reward of $500 is offered for information on cases involving big game or endangered species, while $250 is offered for information on turkey and $100 for fishing and small game cases.
Carron added that planning to teach a hunter safety class this fall in Bayfield, but it might not take place until after hunting season.