Trespassing charge dropped against state wildlife chief

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - Prosecutors have dropped a hunting-related trespassing charge against the head of Colorado's wildlife agency, who said he inadvertently crossed a property boundary without permission.

Mike King, director of the Department of Natural Resources, was cited in September while hunting in northwestern Colorado. King's department oversees Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which regulates hunting.

The Steamboat Pilot reports (http://tinyurl.com/lnkqfu5) a judge dismissed the case Wednesday at the request of prosecutors, who said they weren't sure whether they had to prove King deliberately trespassed.

King has said he had permission to hunt on one parcel but not the other. In a court filing, prosecutors said there was "bad blood" between the owners of the properties.

Carl Luppens, co-owner of the land that King entered without permission, criticized the decision to drop the charge.

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