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CPW seeks public help in catching poacher who shot a deer with an arrow in Palmer Lake and left it to die

Bill Vogrin
Southeast Region Public Information Officer

CPW seeks public’s help in finding archer who poached deer in Palmer Lake

An arrow protrudes from both sides of the torso of a deer in Palmer Lake on Friday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers determined the deer was mortally wounded and euthanized it. CPW is seeking the public's help in identifying the person who shot the deer. Rewards are available for anonymous tips through CPW's Operation Game Thief program.
Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Oct. 23, 2020

CPW seeks public’s help in finding archer who poached deer in Palmer Lake

PALMER LAKE, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking the public for help identifying the person who shot an arrow into a deer in Palmer Lake and left it to die.

CPW wildlife officers were called Friday to investigate a deer with an arrow protruding from both sides of its torso in Palmer Lake, a small community located north of Colorado Springs on the El Paso County border with Douglas County.

Officers found the deer and determined it would not survive and euthanized it on the spot.

It was located along Greeley Boulevard, a heavily wooded neighborhood along Monument Creek and south of the lake.

Upon examining the deer, officers determined it had been shot very recently. 

“This is poaching and it’s illegal and we want to catch the person who did this,” said Corey Adler, a CPW district wildlife manager for the Palmer Lake region. “This deer was treated unethically and that is something we take very seriously.” 

“But we need the public’s help catching whoever did this.”

Adler said anyone illegally injuring or killing wildlife could face misdemeanor charges including harassment of wildlife, hunting big game without a license, illegal taking of wildlife and reckless endangerment among other charges.

Convictions could result in fines ranging from $750 to $3,000 and up to 6 months in jail, depending on the charge, Adler said.

He encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact CPW at its Southeast Regional office at 719-227-5200. 

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 cellphone, or by email at Rewards are available if the information leads to an arrest or citation.

Visit the CPW website for more information about Operation Game Thief.

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