Three Butte-area men pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Justice Court recently to charges stemming from a Nov. 18 incident in Aspen Valley Estates near Boulder.
According to witnesses and evidence gathered at the scene, John Foley and Michael Hoar of Butte, and Edmund McSweeney of Ramsay (along with a 15-year-old hunter) pursued a group of elk with a vehicle, trespassed through one property, and located the group of elk on another property. At that point, they began shooting into the herd from the road and continued firing while moving onto private property. One cow elk was killed, and at least three other cow elk were wounded. Two of the wounded elk were taken by hunters later that day.
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No one in the group had the required license to hunt cow elk in the hunting district, nor did they have permission from the private landowners. Each pleaded guilty to hunting without license and unlawful possession of a game animal.
Foley was fined $1,070 and ordered to pay restitution of $1,000. He also lost his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 48 months. Hoar and McSweeney were fined $1,035 and lost their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for 48 months. The 15-year-old was not charged.