ASPEN — The man who died after a fall on a peak near Aspen was one of just a handful of people given a permit to hunt mountain goats in Colorado.
Forty-two-year-old Theodore James Leach of Littleton, Colorado was carrying a mountain goat he had killed when he fell on North Maroon Peak. He was airlifted off the mountain Sunday and later died of his injuries.
Pitkin County sheriff's deputy George Kremer told the Aspen Daily News (http://bit.ly/WG2FkP) that Leach was carrying the animal's head, hide and meat in his pack, which weighed about 100 lbs.
A climber ascending the 14,000-plus-foot peak spotted Leach and alerted authorities. He and other climbers tried to stabilize him as they waited for help.
The Pitkin County coroner has ruled the death an accident.
Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com