CO: Poaching Alerts: Pronghorn in Castle Rock/Fort Collins

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investigating
two wildlife crimes involving pronghorn in Castle Rock and Fort
Collins.

The Castle Rock poaching involves a pronghorn left near Crowfoot
Valley Road and Pradera Parkway sometime between 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and
7 a.m. Oct. 2. The head, cape, and a small portion of meat were
removed from the carcass, leaving the rest to rot. Anyone with
information about this case or who may have witnessed suspicious
activity can contact Operation Game Thief or wildlife officer
Justin Olson at 303-291-7131.

In the Fort Collins incident, a buck pronghorn was dumped in a
parking area south of Soldier Canyon Dam, adjacent to Horsetooth
Reservoir on Oct. 2 between 7:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. The animal was
partially field dressed, with most of the meat and head left on the
animal. Anyone driving along County Road 23 that may have
information on who dumped the carcass is encouraged to contact
Operation Game Thief.

Operation Game Thief is offering a $500 cash reward in both of
these cases. Operation Game Thief provides rewards for information
that leads to the arrest of a suspect in poaching cases. Anyone
with information can anonymously report information toll-free to
Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648 (877-COLO-OGT). Information
about the case can also be e-mailed to game.thief@state.co.us.

“Illegal take of big game animals and leaving the meat to spoil
is an awful waste of Colorado’s wildlife resources,” said Justin
Olson, district wildlife manager for Castle Rock. “This act is
essentially stealing from Colorado’s citizens and whoever is
responsible could face felony charges. We would appreciate any help
in finding the people who did this.”

Learn more about Operation Game Thief at:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/RulesRegs/LawEnforcement/OperationGameThief/

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:
http://wildlife.state.co.us.

 

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