Elk Shot, Ranchers Charged

Elk Shot, Ranchers Charged

There are 13 comments on the KMGH-TV Denver story from Apr 2, 2008, titled Elk Shot, Ranchers Charged. In it, KMGH-TV Denver reports that:

Two Moffat County ranchers face charges in the killing of 34 elk. Charges were filed against Rodney Culverwell and Kenneth Wolgram after a six-week investigation by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. via KMGH-TV Denver

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Big Timber, MT

#1 Apr 3, 2008
I feel for these ranchers. They continually asked the dow for help keeping the elk out of their feed for their livestock. The dow turned a deaf ear as usual. It's sad it came to this but could have been prevented if the dow would have listened and acted.
David california

Watsonville, CA

#2 Apr 3, 2008
If the the dow wont assist with removal of animals that they like to call (their) and to
charge out of state hunters 525.00 for a tag
to hunt for an elk, then they should be charged a fine for every time one of their animals knocks down a fence or gets into a ranchers feed area,
I can only hope that the prosecuting atty. shows some kind of sympathy for as I do.

Big Timber, MT

#3 Apr 9, 2008
Regardless of what you think they violated the law. They are in a business and an area where elk feed every winter. Both men deserve the max fines and penalties. They both act as if tehy are above the law and took teh law into thier own hands. Both make a ton of money off of elk and elk hunting each year. They should be punished like every other criminal. They broke the law. BOth had many other options. Throw the book at them


It does not matter what the DOW charges for a tag. Each of these hunters charge several thousand dollars for hunting privledges. Again they broke the law. Both a relatively well off big ranchers that were no at risk for loosing the business or anything.

Again it is never ok to commit multiple felonies.

Big Timber, MT

#4 Apr 9, 2008
PS a cow elk tag which is meant to control popuilation is only $250 for non residents. Pretty darn cheap compared to most places, and not to mention we are the only state left where there are over counter tags.

Ceres, CA

#5 Apr 15, 2008
To the people who dont understand the frustration of the ranchers, let put it in terms you might understand, And yes I know they broke the law by doing what they did! Imagine you leave for work in the morning only to come home to a house that has been broken into with your possesions broke, stolen and scattered everywhere, you call the police but nobody helps, then repeat that day after day. That is what they got from the DOW! By the way I know how much a cow tag is my reffrence to a bull tag!

Portland, OR

#6 Apr 16, 2008
You do not know what you are talking about this is their jobs their lively hoods!! When they ask for help, no one was there to help them. They have a right to make a living like everyone else, and if you think that they are getting rich from this, have YOU ever tried ranching cattle?

Portland, OR

#7 Apr 16, 2008
My comments were directed at Mr. Hunter!

Missoula, MT

#8 Apr 17, 2008
Right on, Todd. You certainly understand the ranching "business" -- it's very difficult to survive. Something else to consider, the winter snows this year in that area (Moffatt County, Colorado) were huge, the elk and cattle, and all other animals, have suffered through it.

These ranchers did try to get the DOW to help them, apparently what they did was done in frustration. Throw the book at them? NO. I'd say probation is the way to go. Something else to remember, the DOW admits that they want to THIN THE ELK HERD in this area. Shooting 34 elk, when the DOW wants to THIN THE HERD by several thousand ... keep that in mind.
Hey Suse

Denver, CO

#10 Aug 26, 2008
Rodney advertises year long hunting leases with bidding starting at $80,000 (Google Rio Ro Mo). Rodney can afford to pay the same defense attorney that Kobe Bryant used to defend him on rape charges.(Gotta be at least $1K/hr.)
Rodney grazes his private and public ground to the dirt and grows more whitetop than anything else.
If Rodney wins, I suppose Craig city ordinances will be meaningless if I want to shoot the deer that trash my back yard every year.

All this for a guy that couldn't build a freakin' stackyard like everyone else? Incredible.

Denver, CO

#11 Aug 27, 2008
The max fines, jail time should be pushed very hard. the wildlife has been winter around this area for longer then humans have been here. Its just like the people comlaining about the wilfd life in the eastern slope. Its apart of life. The DOW can only do so much. They try to help with outhurting of killing the animals. I feel if you dont want wildlife around move! These animals been ran and chased for months. If the DOW chases and runs them more theres a good chance even more will die. Unlees you have seen the hard winters or animals in stuggle for food dont take sides. Hell you not even close to here. If you hunt here all you see is animals you dont no the winters. Do people shoot you for standing in line to get food?

Denver, CO

#12 Aug 27, 2008
ok ranchers. How bout this. My living is guideing elk. Look at it in everyones eyes. So when you cows get on my land and tear up my springs and scare my wildlife away because your fence is not keept up can i shoot you cows. I look at it being the same. You build fence to keep you cows in build one to keep out the wildlife
Hey Suse

Denver, CO

#13 Aug 27, 2008
There are many people in Craig sticking up for this guy. Yet few realize that were it not for elk and other wildlife, this guy is nothing but a dirt farmer. He damn sure isn't paying that kind of attorney with the proceeds from raising cattle. I know his ranch and I know how he "manages" his livestock. The elk keyed in so hard on his hay because he left nothing on his native range for them to eat.
Hey Suse

Aurora, CO

#14 Sep 12, 2008
OK, Rodney is now a convicted felon. I know three people who were called to jury duty for this trial and all three were in firm agreement that the jury was truly of his peers. These peers decided that he committed felonies in this case.

We do live in a world run by politics and devoid of science. We are all at fault for this situation. The ranchers in Moffat County will tell you that we have too many elk. The sportsmen (esp. the big spenders from out of state that make Craig the Elk Hunting Capital of the World) will tell you that there are not enough. The scientific truth (as usual) is somewhere in the middle. The current situation is a direct result of the sportsman side of the argument taking precedence over BOTH ranchers and science. Yet, if the ranchers were in the drivers seat, many other businesses around here would suffer. Energy and tourism, not agriculture, drive our local economy. It is a no win situation and a major fault of a democratic system. In the end, people fight and the natural world suffers.

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