A Colorado man receiving a felony conviction was finally brought down by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) investigation into illegal hunting and running an unlicensed outfitting business.
Andrew Pashley, 35, of Evergreen, Colorado, pleaded guilty to the illegal sale of big game wildlife, a Class 6 felony, as well as illegal possession of a mountain lion in Jefferson County District Court last month, according to a
The plea brings two years of supervised probation and a court-ordered suspension of all hunting, fishing and trapping related activities in the state. He also loses his pickup truck, cash he accepted for the illegal hunt and any hunting equipment used for his hounds.
Due to the felony conviction, Pashley can no longer own a firearm or other weapon, even for the purposes of hunting.
Andrew Pashley, 35, was convicted of a felony in the illegal hunting of mountain lions in the state of Colorado
Pashley’s conviction comes with the price of losing his truck (shown), his ability to own firearms and his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in Colorado
He may also get a lifetime ban from all hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in Colorado and the 47 other states in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact to be determined at a later date.
‘We investigate crimes like this both to protect the wildlife of the state, but also to protect the interests of legal and ethical hunters and outfitters in the state,’ said CPW Wildlife Officer Joe Nicholson.
‘Illegal and unethical actions like what Mr. Pashley participated in put a black eye on hunters, outfitters and houndsmen,’ Nicholson added. ‘Pashley’s actions are those of a poacher, not a hunter, and it is good to bring somebody like Pashley to justice.’
Mountain lion hunting is legal in Colorado but is specifically regulated for season and location
Investigators had been looking at Pashley for years when the case broke in January of last yea. A hunter presenting a mountain lion for inspection ‘aroused the suspicions’ of Officer Nicholson, according to the CPW.
Mountain lion hunting is legal in specified areas and season with a license in Colorado, and the carcass has to be presented to CPW within five days of the kill, according to the
Outfitting services (guiding and providing equipment and supplies for hunters) is licensed through the Office of Outfitters Registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
Nicholson, with fellow Officer Scott Murdoch, confirmed the unnamed hunter was lying about where and how he procured the mountain lion and uncovered a connection to Andrew Pashley.
A month later they served a search warrant on Pashley and seized wildlife he possessed illegally and the evidence he was providing illegal outfitter business for hunters.
The unnamed hunter that paid Pashley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hunting on private property without permission, illegal possession of a mountain lion and illegal method of hunting in exchange for his testimony.
He also received probation and a suspension from hunting, fishing and trapping.