CPW Seeks Information in Two Poachings

Colorado Parks Wildlife Logo - smKIM, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information about a poaching incident that occurred in southeastern Colorado, west of Kim, in Game Management Unit 136. The carcass of a small buck pronghorn was found Oct. 6 on a parcel of private land approximately 1.2 miles west of the intersection of Las Animas County Roads 38 and 187.

The landowner who discovered the carcass contacted Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The incident occurred right after the weekend opener of pronghorn season. Wildlife officers believe the small buck may have been mistaken for a doe, or its death could have been the result of someone failing to make a reasonable attempt to find the animal after it was wounded.

Wildlife officers would like to remind individuals to be absolutely sure of their target before pulling the trigger. Individuals also need to follow up on animals that they wounded or may have wounded.

“By taking the extra time to evaluate an animal, people can avoid harvesting the wrong animal, or even worse, the wrong species,” said District Wildlife Manager Mike Brown.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking the person or person(s) responsible for this incident to come forward and turn themselves in.

In addition, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is also seeking information in another poaching incident that occurred along Highway 109, between La Junta and Kim, back in September. Wildlife officers found the carcasses of two small buck deer whose heads had been removed. The remainder of the animals were left to rot and waste in the field.

Individuals who kill big game animals in Colorado and abandon the carcass can face felony charges. If convicted, individuals may permanently lose hunting and fishing privileges and could face time in prison.

The public is reminded that poaching is a serious crime and takes away wildlife opportunities from responsible hunters and the citizens of the State of Colorado.

“In cases like this it’s important for the public to give wildlife officers any information that they might have,” said Brown.

Anyone with information should contact Operation Game Thief. Operation Game Thief may offer a $500.00 cash reward for any information that leads to a citation or arrest in this case. If you have information about this case and would like to remain anonymous, contact Operation Game Thief toll free at 877-265-6648, (877-COLO-OGT). Tips and information may also be e-mailed to game.thief@state.co.us.

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