Wildlife Officer James Howard Olterman

Wildlife Officer James Howard Olterman

Colorado Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Wildlife Division, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, September 4, 2002

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James Howard Olterman

Wildlife Officer James Olterman was killed when the Cessna 185 he was piloting on a fish-stocking mission to Hunts Lake crashed in the side of Hunts Peak near Salida, Colorado.

During the flight, the plane encountered strong winds and was forced to make a crash landing. As Officer Olterman attempted to land he purposely veered to the left to absorb the impact on the pilot's side, saving the life of a fellow employee. The injured passenger had to hike down the mountain from the crash scene.

Officer Olterman served as a senior terrestrial biologist in addition to being the area's wildlife law enforcement officer.

Officer Olterman was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War veteran had served with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Division for 30 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 7219
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

wildlife management, plane crash

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