Wealthy rancher charged in deaths of 32 bison

Posted on September 19, 2008 

Wealthy rancher charged in deaths of 32 bison

Keep your bison off my property or risk having them hunted, software executive Jeff Hawn warned his neighbor outside this old Colorado mining town. In a lawsuit he said the animals knocked his satellite television dishes off line and left dung, tracks and hair on “pristine pasture on rolling hills.”

Nine days after the suit was filed, shots rang out.

The remains of 32 bison were strewn across Hawn’s property and nearby land. Deputies learned that 14 hunters received a letter from Hawn giving them permission to hunt bison on his property.

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