Snowmass man fined $2K for killing elk |

Snowmass man fined $2K for killing elk

ASPEN – A Snowmass Village man was fined $2,000 for his role in the illegal killing of elk on the outskirts of Snowmass Village earlier this year.

Angus “Herman” Anderson Jr., 43, was given a deferred judgment for the unlawful hunting of elk, and pleaded guilty to illegal possession of wildlife Tuesday in Pitkin County Court. As part of the plea agreement, a misdemeanor charge of hunting in a closed area was dismissed.

In January, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and a Pitkin County Open Space and Trails ranger cited Anderson for driving on open space and illegally hunting elk. Also cited was Aspen resident Dana Knight, who has yet to reach a disposition in his case.

Between Anderson and Knight, one cow elk and two calves were shot and killed, officials said.

Both Kevin Wright and Darren Chacon of the DOW attended Anderson’s hearing. Chacon, the district wildlife manager for the division, told Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely he was satisfied with the disposition.

“We’re happy with the plea,” he told her.

The guilty plea to unlawful hunting of elk, also a misdemeanor, will be expunged from Anderson’s record if he doesn’t commit any crimes for the next year – through June 21, 2011.

Judge Fernandez-Ely also warned Anderson that he faces additional fines of up to $2,000 and up to 18 months in jail if he violates the deferred judgment.

“Good luck,” the judge said. “I hope I don’t see you again. These are some very serious and heavy consequences.”

Anderson was represented by attorney Allen Adger of Basalt.

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