Andrew Pashley holding an illegally killed mountain lion. CPW photo
A Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigation into illegal hunting and outfitting reports over the course of several years led to a felony conviction of a Jefferson County man thanks to the persistence of wildlife officers.
Andrew Pashley, 35 of Evergreen, pled guilty to the illegal sale of big game wildlife, a class 6 felony, as well as illegal possession of a mountain lion Nov. 8 in Jefferson County District Court.
A Jefferson County judge sentenced Pashley to two years of supervised probation and a court-ordered suspension of all hunting, fishing and trapping related activities in Colorado. Pursuant to his felony conviction, Pashley is restricted from possessing a firearm or other weapon, even for hunting purposes. Pashley’s conviction makes him eligible for up to a lifetime suspension of all hunting, fishing and trapping privileges in Colorado and the other 47 states in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, to be determined by CPW’s suspension administrative law judge at a later date.
As part of the adjudication of the criminal and civil cases in this investigation, Pashley was ordered to forfeit the truck that he used for his illegal outfitting business, cash that was paid to him for the illegal mountain lion hunt, as well as all the hunting equipment he owned for his hounds.
“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, who worked the case. “That is really important. We have a strong heritage in Colorado of hunting, fishing and trapping, that is what pays for wildlife conservation, but only when it is done right.
“Illegal and unethical actions like what Pashley participated in put a black eye on hunters, outfitters and houndsmen. Pashley’s actions are those of a poacher, not a hunter, and it is good to bring somebody like Pashley to justice.”
CPW wildlife officers have investigated reports of illegal hunting and illegal outfitting activity by Pashley for years. Pashley has never been registered as an outfitter by the state of Colorado.
Nicholson’s investigation proved that in January 2017, Pashley knowingly and unlawfully accepted $3,000 cash from another Colorado man in exchange for providing unregistered illegal outfitting services.
The hunter in the case pled guilty to hunting on private property without permission, illegal possession of a mountain lion and an illegal method of hunting, all misdemeanor charges. As part of his plea agreement, the hunter signed a cooperative agreement to testify against Pashley at trial. A Jefferson County judge sentenced the hunter to one year of supervised probation, which includes a court-ordered suspension of all hunting, fishing and trapping activities in Colorado for one year.
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