November 26, 2022

Hunters Need to Know Where They Are At All Times

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A mother and her son-in-law pled guilty to hunting in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Other assorted charges they also pled guilty to included having a gun in the Park and having a concealed weapon.

Cindy L. Szemenyei, 49 will have to pay two $350 fines and turn over her three weapons to federal authorities. Her son-in-law, Timothy Routh, 28 will pay a $200 fine for having a weapon in the Park – a federal offense.

Szemenyei and Routh were elk hunting. Actually, Routh was accompanying his mother-in-law and carrying some of her gear. She had a permit to be hunting elk near the western boundry of the park and a permit to hunt doe deer in a zone to the east of the park.

It appears that the two entered the Park not knowing where they were. She fired at and wounded an elk and the two were searching for the animal when someone reported to the authorities they had seen the two dressed in hunter orange clothing and one with a rifle.

Once confronted by authorities, the two were quite cooperative and lead rangers to where she had fired at the elk. Blood was found but no animal. DNA evidence proved the blood was from an elk.

Their stories appeared to have matched the evidence therefore poaching charges were not filed against the two but being lost is no excuse for crossing a boundry into the Park. That’s why charges for illegal weapons were brought against the two.

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Tom Remington