Colorado man pleads guilty to baiting bighorn sheep
June 15, 2010
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A southwest Colorado man has pleaded guilty to putting out bait to attract Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife says 52-year-old David Hall of La Plata County pleaded guilty in May to one count of baiting, a misdemeanor. He was fined $156, placed on probation for a year and had his hunting privileges suspended for one year.
Authorities say Hall spread salt over the last two years near Vallecito Reservoir northeast of Durango to attract bighorn sheep.
Division officials say salt is a major attraction for big game animals and has resulted in an unusually high number of bighorns in a small area. They say animals bunched together can more easily pass diseases and parasites to each other.