Convicted poacher Iniki Vike Kapu, 28, has been banned from hunting in Colorado and likely can’t hunt ever again in 47 other states through the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Monday.
CPW suspended Kapu’s hunting privileges permanently after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor poaching charges in three counties. He has 35 days to appeal the lifetime suspension to the CPW Commission.
According to a news release, Kapu was accused of illegally killing 12 deer, two turkeys and a bighorn sheep ram.
Along with the hunting ban, he was sentenced to six months in jail and three years supervised probation in Fremont County. He also faced a fine of $4,600.
“Mr. Kapu’s crimes against wildlife are the essence of what defines a poacher by taking wildlife without regard for the laws protecting them,” CPW hearing examiner Steven Cooley wrote in his decision.
Cooley said that Kapu is a “serious threat” to the wildlife in Colorado stating that this kind of “severity” is rarely seen.
These charges serve as a warning to other poachers and people who are considering poaching, said Frank McGee, CPW area wildlife manager in Colorado Springs, in a news release.
“Colorado Parks and Wildlife aggressively pursues anyone who illegally takes wildlife,” McGee said. “When you poach, you are stealing from all residents of Colorado. And your acts are an insult to all the hunters who follow the rules.”
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