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Poaching case to challenge DOW

Updated: August 28, 2008, 3:26 PM ET
By Collin Smith | Craig Daily Press

Opening arguments in Rodney Culverwell's trial suggested the case will look at whether the state did enough to protect the rancher's pro­perty from wildlife or if Culverwell unduly took the law into his own hands.

Culverwell, 41, a Moffat County rancher, is charged with 80 poaching crimes that stem from alleged incidents where elk damaged his crops and fencing this winter.

Specifically, he is charged with 16 counts of willful destruction of big game, a Class 5 felony; 16 counts of ...

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