A year ago, we told you about the case of two Florida men who had pleaded guilty in connection with a poaching operation based in Limon (“Staggering, stupid,” Jan. 4, 2019). The pair were working in Colorado at energy-industry jobs when they illegally took at least three mule deer and six pronghorn antelope, decapitating some and leaving the torsos where the animals fell, then shipping the heads to Florida to be mounted. “These men are not hunters by any definition,” said Frank McGee, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area manager for the Pikes Peak region, at the time.
On Feb. 11, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission hearing examiner suspended the state hunting license of TImothy C. Draper, 33, of Bunnell, Florida, for 20 years. Lawrence J. Cowart, 30, also of Bunnell, was banned from hunting in Colorado for life. (See story on 4C.)
“Mr. Cowart has a history of violating wildlife laws in his home state of Florida and in North Carolina,” said CPW Commission hearing examiner Steven Cooley. “His most recent wildlife violations in Colorado are considered among the most serious of criminal activity against wildlife, where an animal is killed for its trophy parts and the meat is abandoned to waste.”