Charges Filed In Shooting Of 34 Elk

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Craig, Colo. (AP) Two Moffat County ranchers face charges in the killing of 34 elk.

Charges were filed against Rodney Culverwell and Kenneth Wolgram after a six-week investigation by the Colorado Division Of Wildlife. Both men face felony charges of willful destruction of wildlife and misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of wildlife.

Division Of Wildlife Spokesman Randy Hampton referred further questions to the Moffat County district attorney's office.

The Craig Daily Press newspaper reported Tuesday that the division started investigating the shootings after reports of elk carcasses seen from the highway.

The felony charges carry penalties of one to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000 per count.