Samson: Estes Park's famous elk killed by a poacher.

Read: Samson's poacher sentenced Sept. 25, 1996 in Larimer County District Court.

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Discussion: Samson Poacher's Sentence


Photos above courtesy Tenderfoot Productions.

Tenderfoot Productions Samson Memorial Gallery

Christopher Boyd (left) one year old, looks at Samson through the window during winter 95. Jim Boyd (center and right), Christopher's dad, is pictured in his office at the YMCA of the Rockies. Samson was a regular at the Estes Park Center/YMCA for the last six years. He will be missed by Jim and by thousands of others who were lucky enough to see Samson winter around Estes.

The Estes Park Trail Gazette articles about Samson and poaching. Courtesy of the Trail Gazette.

Samson the Elk Memorialized with a beer of his own produced by Estes Park Brewery to benefit Operation Game Thief.

You can get Samson T-Shirts and Sweatshirts from Earth Prints to benefit Operation Game Thief.

Francis, the 35-year-old Lakewood man accused of poaching Samson, the trophy elk, pleaded guilty to the charges "Willful Destruction of Wildlife" on 7/12/96 and the sentencing is set for September 25 , 1996.

Hopefully, other would be trophy poachers will be discouraged from poaching if this murderer is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. You can write our government representatives asking them to introduce legislation that mandates tough sentences for poachers who have traditionally been given suspended sentences. You can also join our informal petition campaign to prosecute poachers as criminals. Check out what people are saying about poaching.

Jim Boyd is welcoming feedback and your ideas on ways to eliminate poaching. Also please help us expand our Web Tribute to Samson. If you were lucky enough to photograph Samson, please let us know so we can include your photo on these pages. If you are from the media and would like to include your articles on this page, please let us know.

Our community has been shocked into realization that one person's "big mistake" is the loss of untold thousands. During the same week in Estes, four other poaching incidents killing four elk and two mule deer were reported. Probably if Samson wasn't such a celebrity we would never have heard of any of the slayings. Please stop the poachers.

Lee Lasson, Estes Park On-Line