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Boulder city attorney files charges against student accused of killing raccoon

(Photo: Boulder Police)

(Photo: Boulder Police)

BOULDER, Colo. — The Boulder City Attorney’s office has filed municipal charges against a 20-year-old man accused of killing a raccoon so that he could take its hide.

Jace Robert Griffiths faces charges including subjecting animals to unnecessary suffering, killing wild animals prohibited, and littering, Boulder city prosecutor Janet Michaels said Wednesday.

According to Boulder police, Griffiths, who is a student at the University of Colorado, told them he beat the raccoon to death with a bat so he “could take its hide.”

Police were initially called to a home on Springdale Lane on a report of a resident who had been killing raccoons.

When officers arrived on scene, they saw a bat covered in blood on the back porch of the residence and a raccoon skin laying next to it, covered in salt, police said.

When asked, Griffiths told the officers the raccoon was not threatening him at the moment he decided to kill it, police said.

“We could have walked away, but I decided to go up and kill it so that I could take its hide,” Griffiths wrote in his statement to police. “I immediately regretted hitting it, but, rather than throwing it out, I took the hide and threw the remains in the dumpster.”

1 Comment

  • mary murphy

    Really???? There were 191 confirmed cases of rabies in Colorado in 2013. Larimer(54), Weld(26), and Boulder(24) counties had most of them. Rabies is 100% fatal to humans if not treated. Raccoons, skunks, and bats are listed as the chief carriers of rabies. Raccoons in the city survive on pet food and garbage so have a high rate of contact with people and pets. Raccoons have very few natural predators when living in town so litter survival rates are high and the major cause of death is sickness.

    The only thing this kid is guilty of is hunting without a small game license. Surely nothing news worthy.

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