Man Sentenced Who Mistakenly Shot Moose Instead Of Elk

Highlands Ranch Man Enters Guilty Plea In Rio Blanco County

April 19, 2011

MEEKER, Colo. — A hunter from Highlands Ranch has pleaded guilty in a case involving misidentifying a moose as an elk and leaving the body to rot.

Joel D. Eady, 30, told witnesses he had mistakenly shot the female moose last October after believing it was an elk, the Colorado Division of Wildlife said. He told his hunting party that he would turn himself in, but he never did, an investigation found.

Eady was charged with willful destruction of wildlife –a Class 5 felony — as well as hunting out of season, illegal possession of wildlife and failing to properly care for a harvested animal. The incident happened during a hunting trip in the Missouri Creek Basin, about 30 miles east of Meeker.

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