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2 U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees have pleaded guilty to poaching-related charges

Men illegally killed elk in Garfield County
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Posted at 3:24 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 18:56:20-04

Two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees have pleaded guilty to poaching-related charges.

Colorado parks and Wildlife said Tuesday 44-year old Thad Bingham and 45-year-old Brian Scheer illegally hunted a high-quality bull elk on private land closed to hunting Garfield County.

CPW learned of the violations after Bingham posted a photo of himself with the elk online in October 2014.

Bingham killed the elk.

He was fined $200 and ordered to donate $5,000 to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Scheer was fined $86.

They could also be barred from hunting and fishing in Colorado for up to five years.

Two other men, 48-year-old Barrett Rowles and 45-year-old Josh Fitzsimmons, both from the Western Slope, were also charged.