Raton men fined, sentenced to jail for wildlife crimes

RATON, N.M. – A Colfax County magistrate judge fined two Raton men more than $7,000 and sentenced one to 60 days in jail for crimes against wildlife.

Judge Warren Walton convicted Michael A. Malcom, 29, on 13 charges including criminal trespass, illegal trapping and unlawful possession of deer and other wildlife parts. He sentenced him to 60 days in jail and fined him $6,500 and $689 in court costs.

State Department of Game and Fish officers discovered Malcom trespassing on Vermejo Park Ranch last December. He was suspected of illegal trapping.

Malcolm could not show proof of a valid trapping license, but did produce a deer license.

Officers found the deer and other game parts while searching his home. Several traps were also seized as evidence during the search.

Malcom has appealed his conviction with the District Court in Raton.

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