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​​​​OGT offers $1,000 reward for information on killing of two bears in Estes Park

Date Posted: September 5, 2017

Through Operation Game Thief (OGT), Colorado Parks & Wildlife is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the filing of charges in the killing of two bears in Estes Park.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working with the Estes Park Police Department seeking information concerning the killing of two black bears in the 500 block of Ponderosa Drive within the Town of Estes Park, Colorado. The incident occurred on the evening of August 22 or early morning of August 23. The first bear succumbed quickly due to its injuries and the second bear was found dead on the morning of the 24th. Both bears died in close proximity and it is likely that the deaths are related. Both agencies are working collaboratively to solve the crime.

Information and tips may be submitted by calling the OGT TIP Line at 1-877-265-6648. Reporting parties may remain anonymous.

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​Poached buck found in northwest Grand Junction Tuesday, CPW asking for information​

Date Posted: January 12, 2017

Colorado Parks and Wildlife authorities are asking the public for help identifying the person responsible for illegally killing a mule deer buck in northwest Grand Junction Tuesday evening.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., CPW officers discovered the dead buck shot and left to waste in a field near the intersection of 24 Road and K Road. They add the poacher did not attempt to salvage the meat and left the antlers on the animal.

Witnesses reported observing a light-colored diesel truck with an LED light bar on the cab in the area at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information can contact DWM Albert Romero at 970-216-3847.

People with information that prefer to remain anonymous can call Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648, or by email at game.thief@state.co.us. Rewards are available if the information leads to a citation.​

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​CPW asking for info on egregious poaching incident in south Kit Carson County, $5k reward possible

​Date Posted: December 1, 2016

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking for the public's help in solving an exceptionally disturbing poaching case that occurred in the southwest corner of Kit Carson County. 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is searching for information on who might have shot 11 big game animals over a two-night period in November. 

Nine antelope and two white-tail deer were shot and left to rot south of the town of Seibert, Colo. 

A $5000 reward is being offered to anyone that can provide information that leads to a conviction in this case. ​

Parties with information are asked to contact District Wildlife Officer Berscheid at (719) 349-1246.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can report your information through the Operation Game Thief hotline: 1(877) COLO-OGT (265-6648)

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Poacher sought in illegal killing of mule deer south of Rifle

Date Posted: November 8, 2016

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating the illegal killing of a trophy-quality mule deer buck in a private subdivision south of Rifle yesterday afternoon. At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, eyewitnesses saw a person step out of a truck, shoot the buck on Grass Mesa Road then quickly drive away leaving the carcass behind. CPW officers salvaged the meat and donated it to a local family.

According to the eyewitness, the suspect is driving a gray, crew cab Ford that may have dual rear tires. It has marker lights on the cab and marker lights on the side view mirrors.

"Based on where the buck died and the location of the shooter, it is very fortunate that a round did not enter a nearby home," said District Wildlife Manager Levi Atwater of Rifle. "There are numerous legal and ethical issues involved here. This person shot a trophy mule deer from the road, left the carcass, and took a dangerous shot that endangered the lives of others."

Atwater asks anyone with information to contact him at 970-985-5882, or to provide information about a wildlife violation anonymously, the public can contact OGT at 877-265-6648, dialing #OGT from a Verizon phone or by email at game.thief@state.co.us​.

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​SCI offers $2000 reward for information on moose poaching Teller County

Date Posted: November 4, 2016

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for any information to shed light on a poaching incident that happened northwest of Divide, Colo., sometime between Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday morning, Oct. 30.

District Wildlife Managers responded to a report of a dead bull moose off of county road 3, where they found the animal.

If you saw or heard suspicious activity in the area, or have information that could lead to charges filed, you are asked to contact District Wildlife Managers Tim Kroening at (719) 227-5281, or Phil Gurule at (719) 227-5283. You could receive a reward for information that leads to a citation.

If you'd like to remain anonymous, you can submit tips through Operation Game Thief by calling 1 (877) COLO-OGT (265-6648).​

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​​​Mule deer buck shot and left along USFS Road 560.​Mule Deer Buck Shot Near Wigwam Creek Trailhead

Date Posted: October 18, 2016

A mule deer buck was shot and left along USFS Road 560 on or about 10/16 near the Wigwam Creek trailhead in the Pike National Forest. If you have any info, please contact Operation Game Thief at ​1-877-COLO-OGT or email game.thief@state.co.us​​​.​​​​​​​​​


CPW Asks for Info About Trophy Elk Found Dead in Northwest Colorado, Meat Wasted

Date Posted: October 12, 2016

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers ask the public for help finding the person who killed then abandoned a trophy-quality 6x6 bull elk, leaving the meat to waste. It was found in Game Management Unit 10 approximately 1.5 miles north of Mellen Hill, near Rio Blanco County Road 98, north west of Rangely. Legal hunters typically have to wait 20 years to draw a license in the unit.

Investigators believe someone shot the bull between Oct. 2-4, during an early rifle hunting season, then left it to waste. A hunter scouting the area found it on Oct. 6 and immediately contacted Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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