December 10, 2014


In an agreement with the DA’s office, Justin McCurdy, 28, pleaded guilty to a count of illegal sale of wildlife, a Class 5 felony. On Tuesday, he received a two-year prison sentence and over $1,000 in fines, fees and court costs.

The charges stem from a lengthy investigation conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officers Mike Swaro and Evan Jones. Investigators discovered that McCurdy, a twice-convicted felon, illegally possessed a firearm between March 2013 and November 2013 and used it to kill large and small game in Browns Park.

McCurdy’s hunting privileges in Colorado had been suspended, and the investigation revealed that after poaching large and small game he would sell the wildlife hides and parts for economic gain. McCurdy also engaged in the illegal leg-hold trapping of wildlife.

In addition to trapping wildlife, the investigation indicated that several dogs belonging to a local rancher were also caught in the leg-hold traps and remained trapped for several days.

In addition to prison time, McCurdy must also meet with a CPW Hearings Officer where he may receive up to a lifetime suspension of hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 43 Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact States.


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