PEYTON, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife and a local
private landowner are teaming up to offer a $2,000 reward for
information that might help solve a poaching incident in eastern El
On April 18, Division officers found a pronghorn buck that was shot
along Sweet Road just east of Peyton Highway. The buck was killed
sometime over the weekend of April 15.
“The buck was discovered in a field about 150 yards off Sweet
Road,” said District Wildlife Manager Jeromy Huntington. “Only the
horns were removed and the rest of the animal was left to
The landowner has made a generous $1,000 donation to the Division’s
“Operation Game Thief” program in hopes that someone will come
forward with information. “If anyone saw any suspicious activity or
have has information that may be useful, please give us a call so
we can catch whoever did this,” Huntington said.
The DOW asks anyone with information about poaching incidents to
call Operation Game Thief. Callers may remain anonymous and may be
eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest
or a citation. In some cases, people who report wildlife crimes may
also be eligible to receive preference points or a future hunting
license for the same species.
“Poaching is a serious crime,” said Huntington. “It robs everyone
of a valuable natural resource that belongs to all of the people of
the state of Colorado. However, if the person or persons who did
this come forward and turn themselves in, their cooperation will be
taken into consideration.”
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity along Sweet Road is asked to
contact Huntington at (719) 439-9638, the Colorado Springs DOW
office at (719) 227-5200, or Operation Game Thief at
1-877-265-6648. Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT, or contact
Operation Game Thief via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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