Hunter fined $11,000 for illegal kill

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CRAIG, Colo. — A Denver man was fined $11,000 for an illegal kill, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

Agapito Alarid illegally killed a trophy elk. He did not have a tag to hunt in the area legally. Obtaining a coveted tag for the area can take more than two decades.

“Ethical hunters wait patiently for years just to qualify for the chance to hunt in a unit like this,” assistant area wildlife manager Mike Swaro said. “Those that violate the law and take away an opportunity from conscientious hunters are a serious problem. We are very grateful the person who witnessed this gave us the information we needed to convict this individual.”

Alarid was sentenced in Moffat County Court after pleading guilty to the charges. He admitted shooting the six-point bull last year.

Alarid was fined twice — one fine for $1,000, the usual charge for an illegal kill, and an additional $10,000 because the animal he poached had six points on one antler beam.

A review by Colorado Parks and Wildlife will determine whether Alarid will lose his privilege to hunt and fish in Colorado and 43 other wildlife violator compact states for up to five years .