By Jessica Maher
The Loveland man accused of illegal hunting practices including bear poaching appeared in 8th Judicial District Court Thursday morning, where Judge Daniel Kaup allowed for one last continuance before a plea must be entered in the case.
Paul Detwiler, 28, faces 16 felony counts of possession of firearms by a previous offender along with numerous other charges related to illegal possession of black bear, mule deer buck and pronghorn buck.
He was arrested in January after a lengthy undercover investigation conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Investigators allege that Detwiler, who is a convicted felon, illegally used firearms to shoot bull elk, antelope, coyote, prairie dogs, bucks and pronghorn bucks. Some of the hunting allegedly took place out-of-season and he also reportedly used illegal leg hold traps east of Loveland.
In September 2012, Detwiler allegedly shot a black bear off a porch in Las Animas County one day before the start of hunting season, according to court documents. For that allegation, he faces charges of illegal possession of a black bear, black bear hunting out-of-season and failure to provide for the human consumption of game.
The Loveland man appeared in court on $15,000 bond on Thursday morning with his attorney, Andrew Bertrand, who told Kaup that work continues toward a plea agreement with prosecutors.
"The court has been patient with us as we work through some very complicated issues," Bertrand said. More....