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CO: man fined $15,000 for killing a Colorado mountain goat

Michigan man fined $15,000 in poaching case
ASSOCIATED PRESS . December 20, 2008

SALIDA, Colo. - A Michigan man has been fined $15,000 for killing a Colorado mountain goat without a license.

Sixty-year-old Burt Vincent of Jackson, Mich., also faces a potential lifetime suspension of his hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado, Michigan and 28 other states because of an interstate compact.

Vincent pleaded no contest in Chaffee County Court on Dec. 10 to illegal possession of a mountain goat, illegally killing a trophy animal in Colorado and hunting a mountain goat without a license.

Jack and Susan Derr of Florissant pleaded guilty to multiple misdemeanor charges related to Vincent's case. Authorities say they admitted letting Vincent use their hunting licenses and were ordered to pay $10,000 to the Colorado Operation Game Thief Fund.

The convictions stem from a two-year investigation by Colorado and Michigan authorities.

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