Two men from Tennessee were sentenced in Garfield County Court earlier this month for their role in a felony, bear poaching incident in August.
Harley Boss Manley, 51, of Martin, Tenn., pleaded guilty to a charge of killing a black bear before Sept. 1- the start of the fall, bear hunting season. He was given a mandatory five-year suspension of his hunting privileges, a two-year deferred prison sentence for felony willful destruction, forfeit his bow, ordered to pay a fine of $4,000 and donate $6,000 to Operation Game Thief, a Colorado tip line for wildlife infractions. David Ronnie Coleman, 62, of Union City, Tenn., also pleaded guilty to killing a black bear before Sept. 1, and received a mandatory five-year suspension of his hunting privileges. He was fined $3,000 and ordered to donate $4,000 to OGT.
"This was a serious offense these two men committed," said Perry Will, Area Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Glenwood Springs. "It took considerable man-hours and investigation to bring them to justice and my officer is to be commended for his excellent work in this case."
District Wildlife Manager, Dan Cacho says that he and his fellow wildlife officers investigate all violations thoroughly.
"Poachers are criminals that steal wildlife from the citizens of Colorado, and take opportunities away from legitimate hunters," continued Cacho. "The public's help is critical to stop them, and we encourage anyone with information about poaching or other wildlife violations to contact authorities immediately."
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To provide information about illegal wildlife activity, contact Operation Game Thief toll-free at 877-265-6648. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards for information that leads to a poacher.
To learn more about how to help solve a poaching case, please visit: Operation Game Thief.