By Andrea Sinclair
A small tip about something slightly out of the ordinary turned out to be a much bigger deal, leading Parks and Wildlife officials to catch a Colorado Springs man for poaching in December 2012. Nearly a year later, 50-year-old Jay Beaman pleaded guilty to felony willful destruction of wildlife, illegal possession of a trophy-class whitetail deer, and hunting without a proper and valid license, according to a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said the investigation began in December 2012 when they received a tip that a man had been seen hunting without the required blaze orange garments near Holly. Wildlife officials pursued the information and their investigation picked up steam in the beginning of 2013, following leads in Prowers, Cheyenne, Kiowa and El Paso counties. The District Attorney’s office in Prowers County initially charged Beaman with eight counts, including two felonies, but the charges were reduced with a plea deal.
“This highlights the importance of checking every tip we receive, and the significance of the public reporting anything they see that could be off, or out of the ordinary,” Hampton said. “What appeared minor ended up being major.”
Beaman was sentenced Oct. 23 and was ordered to pay $10,637.50 in fines and serve two years on probation, wildlife officials said. Beaman is forbidden to hunt or be around hunting in any way during his probationary period.
The news release stated Beaman still faces a suspension hearing with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. His hunting and fishing privileges could be suspended for the rest of his life in Colorado, as well as 38 other states that are part of the Insterstate Wildlife Violator Compact. More....