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Hunters in Breckenridge are accused of poaching two elk

Andrew Gmerek

Two men face several charges after allegedly chasing a herd of elk onto a golf course surrounded by homes and shooting two cows.

David Zajac, 32, of Frisco, and Adam Little, 27, of Fort Collins, were arrested shortly after the early Monday shootings at the Breckenridge Golf Course.

They face charges that include reckless endangerment for shooting across a public roadway, third-degree criminal trespass for driving on the golf course, hunting before hunting-season hours and unlawful hunting of wildlife in a careless manner.

Both men were cited and released.

“It appears Zajac was doing the shooting and Little was helping,” interim Police Chief Dave Miller said. “I think a lot of people know the elk come down to the golf course, and these guys were just ready to hunt. They knew the elk would be there.”

Division of Wildlife officials confiscated the elk carcasses, which will be dressed and donated to charity.

At 5 a.m. Monday, shots rang out on the Breckenridge Golf Course, where the two men were allegedly found hunting a herd of elk.

“We woke up when we heard gun shots,” said one homeowner who did not wish to be named. “We looked out the window and saw this herd of elk racing across the golf course with these guys chasing after them and shooting. We saw two elk go down, and so we called the police.”

Police responded to the shots within minutes of reports, and homeowners credit their reaction time with the quick capture of the men.

“The police were great,” the homeowner said. “They showed up immediately and caught the guys. This is a populated area and there are houses in the direction those guys were shooting. It could have been very dangerous. We just want people like this to know we are out here watching, and they just can’t get away with things like this.”

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor during the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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