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Aug 16, 2014 1:13 AM by Maddie Garrett

Poaching Suspect Refuses Comments to News 5 Cameras

A former Olympian and Fort Carson Sergeant could be facing felony charges. 39-year-old Dremiel Byers is accused of stalking and illegally poaching a deer with a bow and arrow in the parking lot of a Colorado Springs car dealership in Motor City Thursday night around 7:00pm.

Byers is a former, two-time Olympic wrestler and an Army Sergeant stationed at Fort Carson with over 20 years of service.

News 5 confronted Byers at his Colorado Springs home Friday evening to ask him if he really was hunting the deer and if he had any comments about the allegations. He remained silent, and neighbors said he had no comment on the matter.

Friends of Byers told News 5 that Byers is a good person and a good neighbor, but has fallen on hard times. A yellow "unlawful to occupy" sign is taped to his front door. They asked for privacy while Byers deals with the felony charges.

"So we use hunting to manage our wildlife and poaching is completely different, poaching is not hunting, it's stealing wildlife from everybody in the community and we take it very seriously," said Abbie Walls, Spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Byers could face more than a thousand dollars in fines if convicted.

"We cited that person (Byers) with hunting out of season and illegal take of wildlife," said Walls.

Employees in Motor City said they often see deer in the area, many said they're almost like pets at the dealerships. One worker took a picture of an 8-point buck just an hour before Wildlife officers found the wounded deer.

"The deer was definitely suffering so our officers decided to put it down," said Walls.

Walls said the meat will be donated to someone in the community so it doesn't go to waste.

This is the second poaching incident in recent months, where a deer was shot with a bow and arrow. The previous incident happened not far from Motor City in Bear Creek Dog Park where the carcass of a deer was found in the bushes with an arrow in it.

Walls said they're not sure if the two incidents are related, but it is something officers will look into.

In all, there have been four poaching incidents in Colorado Springs this year.

 

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