(1)(a) Except as otherwise provided in articles 1 to 6 of this title or by rule of the commission, it is unlawful for any person to knowingly sell or purchase, or knowingly offer for sale or purchase, wildlife or to solicit another person in the illegal hunting or taking of wildlife for the purposes of monetary or commercial gain or profit.
(b) For the purposes of this section, it is deemed to be a sale of wildlife if a person, for monetary or other consideration, provides unregistered outfitting services as defined in article 145 of title 12.
(2) Any person who violates this section:
(a) With respect to big game, endangered species, or eagles, commits a class 5 felony and shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-401, C.R.S. Upon such conviction, the commission may suspend any or all wildlife license privileges of the person for a minimum of one year to life.
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(b) With respect to all other wildlife, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and an assessment of twenty license suspension points.
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(b) With respect to all other wildlife commits a class 2 misdemeanor and is assessed twenty license suspension points.
Repealed and reenacted by Laws 1984, S.B.78, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1985, H.B.1116, § 11, eff. July 1, 1985; Laws 1994, S.B.94-137, § 13, eff. May 31, 1994; Laws 2002, Ch. 318, § 294, eff. Oct. 1, 2002; Laws 2008, Ch. 159, § 1, eff. Aug. 5, 2008; Laws 2019, Ch. 136 (H.B. 19-1172), § 220, eff. Oct. 1, 2019; Laws 2021, Ch. 462, § 553, eff. March 1, 2022.