ALAMOSA —A wildlife group is offering $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the April 22 killing of five deer on the Adams State College campus.
A city police officer found the carcasses of three adult mule deer and two fawns at around 3 a.m.
The deer had been shot in the head and then stabbed.
"The individual responsible for this disturbing poaching incident callously slaughtered five deer and put the public safety at risk," said Holly Tarry, state director for the Humane Society of the United States.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife has jurisdiction over poaching incidents in the state. Rick Basagoitia, area wildlife manager for the agency's office in Monte Vista, said there were a number of different poaching violations that could result from the killings, include the willful destruction of an animal and reckless discharge of a firearm.
He said there were also possible violations of state criminal code, but added he was unsure if any campus regulations were broken.
He declined to comment further on the details of the investigation.
The ASC campus police are assisting with the investigation, he said.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact DOW at 1-719-587-6900 or the Adams State police at 1-719-587-7901.
Reports can also be made anonymously to Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...