May 18, 2010 6:03 PM by Elaine Sheridan
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering a $1,000 reward for information that might help solve a series of poaching incidents in Kiowa County.
DOW investigators say at least five pronghorn have been shot and abandoned along county roads west of Eads since May 7. All five were found on private property.
"It appears that these animals were shot indiscriminately," said District Wildlife Manager Todd Marriott. "We've found five so far, but there may be more."
The DOW asks that anyone with information about these poaching incidents call Operation Game Thief. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading 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 Marriot. "It robs all of us of a valuable natural resource - our wildlife. 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 in Kiowa County is asked to contact Marriott at (719) 340-0279, the Lamar DOW office at (719) 336-6600, 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.