2 Ranchers Accused Of Trapping Game, Hunting
ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) ― Two ranchers from Routt County are
accused of trapping deer and elk on their property and then collecting
fees from hunters who would kill them.
Edward Kruse and Sean Sulzner have been indicted on felony charges in
According to court documents, Kruse was collecting money for four
years, charging hunters at least hundreds of dollars to kill migrating
deer and elk. He owns the Buffalo K Ranch between Steamboat Springs and
Hayden. The ranch is about 620 acres.
Kruse and Sulzner are accused of constructing one-way earth ramps
that allowed deer and elk to get onto their property. But then they
would get trapped by fence he constructed that was 7 feet high. The
fence was built along a migration route that the animals used.
According to state law, deer and elk are the property of Coloradans.
It's illegal to attract, trap and capture them. The earth ramps and
fences were, in fact, a way of stealing the animals according to court
documents. Therefore the hunts on the ranch were also illegal, according
to court documents.
Transporting illegally-killed wildlife across the state line is a
felony and all of the hunters were from out of state.
Kruse and Sulzner are scheduled to make their first court appearance
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