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.