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Reward offered for elk poaching incident in western Colorado. 

Date Posted: December 7, 2018 

Two bull elk were killed illegally in the 3rd Rifle season in Game Managment Unit 61, likely between Nov. 3-8. Both bull elk had six-point racks, which indicated they were mature animals in prime breeding age. 

Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward and Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is offering an additional $250 for information that leads to an arrest or a citation being written to the person or persons who killed the bulls.

Anyone with information about this crime against wildlife can make a report to the Montrose wildlife service center at 1-970-252-6000; or to Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Informants can remain anonymous and are eligible for cash rewards for tips that lead to a conviction.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife needs the public's help in two deer poaching cases in Colorado Springs

Date Posted: October 24, 2018 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking the public for help solving two recent poaching cases in an unincorporated neighborhood in northeast Colorado Springs in which deer have been shot with arrows.

One deer, found in a neighborhood not far from Keller Elementary School, died. Another, a young buck, was injured and still carries an arrow in its front left leg. It was reported by residents south of the Sunset Mesa Open Space, not far from the dead deer.

To provide information anonymously about a wildlife violation, the public can contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648, by dialing #OGT from a Verizon cell phone, or by email at game.thief@state.co.us. Rewards are available if the information leads to an arrest or citation.

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Information sought on bull elk poaching in the Poudre Canyon

Date Posted: October 23, 2018 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking for the public’s help in collecting information related to a wildlife crime in the Poudre Canyon on Highway 14 at mile marker 94.

A large bull elk was killed sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning (Oct. 21-22). After being shot, only the animal’s head was removed.

CPW is seeking any information regarding the shooter, vehicle or other details regarding this crime by calling the Fort Collins office at 970-472-4300. It can also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.


Poaching of two mountain goats on Quandary Peak being investigated; up to $15,000 reward offered for information

Mountain goat killed

Date Posted: July 7, 2018; Reward last updated Aug. 6, 2018

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is asking for the public’s help in collecting information related to two mountain goats that were shot and found dead on July 3, approximately 2.8 miles up the Quandary Peak Trail.

On July 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m., two young male “billy” mountain goats, estimated to be between 1-2 years old, were shot and killed just over a half mile from the summit of Quandary Peak. The mountain goats were shot in the head with a pistol at close range. Wildlife Officers ask anyone that was hiking to or from the summit on Tuesday afternoon to report any suspicious activity.

"We ask that anyone who was near the summit of Quandary Peak Tuesday help us locate those responsible for this egregious poaching," said Tom Davies, District Wildlife Manager with CPW. "Killing a mountain goat in this manner is a felony, and these poachers can face jail time, license suspensions and fines that can reach over $20,000 per animal."

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or citation in this case. Anyone with information can call or email Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT or game.thief@state.co.us  to report any information.  Callers or emailers may remain anonymous if they choose.

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Public's help needed in bear poaching case

Date Posted: June 29, 2018Black bear on game camera

The public’s help is needed in identifying the person, or people, responsible for shooting a large female black bear that was found dead on June 20, in Idledale which is a part of Jefferson County. 

On the evening of June 20, a local resident spotted a dead bear in a wooded area near a pond at the intersection of South Grapevine Road and Sawmill Gulch Road in Idledale, CO. Wildlife officers responded and found a large female black bear with green ear tags that had been shot and killed. 

Evidence collected by wildlife officers at the scene indicates the bear was likely shot near a home along Sawmill Gulch Road or South Grapevine Road, before it fled to the location where it later died.  

Wildlife officers patrolling Jefferson County investigate illegally killed bears every year; most commonly the result of a frustrated homeowner who decides to unlawfully take matters into their own hands. CPW reminds the public that officers can provide education to neighborhoods and assistance to residents living in bear country. 

Members of the public who may have information related to the incident should contact CPW’s Northeast Region Office at 303-291-7227, Wildlife Officer Joe Nicholson at 303-906-4364 or 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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Information needed on bull elk killing on Cottonwood Pass

Date Posted: November 8, 2017 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking the public for information about two bull elk found dead and abandoned about a half-mile from the summit of Cottonwood Pass, along County Road 306, on Sunday, Nov. 5. 

CPW District Wildlife Manager Kevin Madler found the elk carcasses after getting a report from a hunter. Based on evidence at the scene, Madler estimates both elk died from gunshot wounds in the early morning of Nov. 5. 

Both carcasses were fully intact and abandoned about 50 yards from the road in the far west edge of Chaffee County.