Poacher Banned From Hunting After Killing A Bear Near Steamboat Springs

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – A man cannot hunt or fish in Colorado for the next 12 years after he was convicted of in north central Colorado.

Robert Stalley was convicted of wasting the meat of a he killed during the 2017 season.

Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Investigators said Stalley tried to deceive Colorado Parks and Wildlife inspectors during a required inspection of the kill. Stalley presented deer meat and tried to pass it off as bear meat during the inspection.

He did have valid deer and bear licenses at the time of the violation.

“During my interview with Mr. Stalley at his South Dakota home, he stated that he did take bear meat from the backstraps and hindquarters and that he ate some and gave some away; however, our investigation proved otherwise,” Wildlife Officer Jack Taylor of Steamboat Springs said in a press release.

“In addition, Mr. Stalley took deer meat from the same location that the bear was harvested but chose to leave all of the bear meat behind, removing only the head and hide.”

Taylor said he learned of the discarded bear carcass after getting a tip through Colorado’s wildlife tip line.

In July 2018, Stalley pleaded guilty in Routt County court to three misdemeanors. He paid a fine and was forced to forfeit his rifle.

In Colorado, hunters are required by law to prepare all harvested big game for human consumption. The removal of hides, antlers, heads, and abandoning the animal’s meat can bring felony charges against anyone suspected of the crime.

This article was first published by denver.cbslocal.com on 1 July 2019.

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Janet Kenedy

How very Heartbreaking for that innocent Bear, whose life was only to Survive on this Earth day to day, just like all of us. I say find the steepest Cliff and Shove those Killers Over the edge!!. If only this were possible!

Lynette Lichenstein

go to hell

Michael Smith

All killing of wildlife needs to be banned. It’s cruel and upsets the biodiversity

Hilary Morrison


george mira

An interesting long-distance, sound and muzzle flash-suppressed weapon. These have become more and more popular. The sound suppression prevents other animals from hearing and fleeing, and so allows the killer to kill far more. the thousands one pays for a high-quality rifle scope also prevent the survival of any targeted individual – for all organisms are individuals, sensing and responding to experiences in the present, learning from experience. we are FAR less different from other animals, except in that we are ecologically-released social primates, minor omnivores who kill for the appearance of social status and any remote possibility of loss… Read more »

Griess Mino Mathilde

Poor bear !

Maria Mandjik

Should be jailed.

Diana Moss

They need to be jailed

Georgina Eliano

How can they do that?

Paul Troalic

Ban this wretched so-called sport and prosecute these idiots,

Arlene Orlando

coward, now kick his useless ass

Helen Smith

Terrible. Animals deserve respect as they are sentient beings just like us.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Poachers should be poached into extinction

Tami Miller

To many people have no respect for animals and are not obeying the animal related laws, he should be in JAIL.

Karin Andersson

Terrible to do such a thing. Poor bear. We have poachers here to…. don´t belive police or other authority want to see it or face the fact. We have laws that should prevent it, nothing done!

Alison Moanique

Poachers are scumbags and ought to be in prison.

Anne Grice

Take away his licence for good!

Teresa Minutolo

@Mindlessrobot37 Bastard!

Jenny Grinstead

All poachers should be banned from hunting; by incarceration or physically disabling them!