Ranchers face charges after 34 elk shot dead. By AMY HAMILTON. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

“Two Northwest Colorado ranchers, apparently frustrated by foraging elk eating hay intended for livestock, now face thousands of dollars in fines and multiple felony charges for allegedly killing 34 elk.”

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

6 Responses to Two Colorado Ranchers charged with shooting 34 elk

  1. kim kaiser says:

    we should make a pool or kitty on what kind of time, money or community service will be doled out to these slap nuts. WHen the sentence is handed down, if any, winner gets a prize or something,,, just a reason to follow how the law will handle it.

  2. Mack P. Bray says:

    What’s wrong with this story? Everybody knows ranchers are good stewards of the land, take care of wildlife, and so on… 😉

  3. Welcome to the real “War on the West.”

  4. Rick Hammel says:

    These ranches are litterally in my backyard. I ride my bicycle by them most days when it is warm. Right now, there is a lot of deer and elk roadkill. It makes me wonder if all of these carcasses are the result of vehicles.

    I hope that these guys get the maximum for what they did. We won’t know for 5-6 months, providing they enter a not guilty plea. I am getting close the being called for jury duty. I will be unbiased in my duty.


  5. Linda Hunter says:

    This is SO ironic . . if there were wolves in the area they would have kept the elk moving at least.

  6. Jeff N. says:

    If wolves had killed these 34 elk, can you imagine the outcry from segments of the ranching and hunting communities. There’d be hell to pay.



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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