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​​​​​​​​Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigates the poaching of two mountain goats on Quandary Peak; 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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​Colorado Parks and wildlife needs the public's help 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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​Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeking information 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.

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​​CPW asking for public's help finding person who killed, abandoned bull moose near Meeker

Date Posted: November 1st, 2017​

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking the public for information about a bull moose found dead and abandoned in the vicinity of Moeller Creek, near County Road 115, east of Meeker, Oct. 23.

CPW officers learned about the moose after a hunter called Operation Game Thief to report finding the carcass. Based on evidence found at the scene, the moose died from a gunshot wound during the beginning of the second rifle season, Oct. 21 or 22. At the time, only elk and deer were in season in the area.​

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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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