Colorado DOW Seeking Help With Poaching Incident Near Canon City

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife is asking for help solving a poaching crime in Canon City.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 25, a north side resident called police to report a deer lying in a field near Cottonwood Street with an arrow in it.  All hunting seasons are over, so whoever shot the deer did so illegally.

"We hope someone who has information or saw any suspicious activity will call us," said DOW Officer Bob Carochi. "Anyone who comes forward with information is eligible for a cash reward from the Division of Wildlife's Operation Game Thief fund."

"Poaching is a serious crime," said Carochi. "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 with information should call the DOW's Operation Game Thief hotline.  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.

Callers can contact Carochi at (719) 276-8844 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


groovy mike's picture

If you need to kill game to

If you need to kill game to feed your family it is wrong but I can understand it.  Poaching for trophy hunting is just not something that I understand or can in any way approve of.  Let's all hope that the Colorado Division of Wildlife catch the guilty party (I hesitate to say 'he' or 'she') and throw the book at them.  They deserve both a fine and a jail term because they are stealing  the meat from the table and freezer of all those legal hunters and their families.  That's is just unacceptable on every front.   Good luck to the state of  Colorado Division of Wildlife.  The only excuse for poaching in my opinion is as a relief from starvation

hunter25's picture

Another senseless poaching

Another senseless poaching case. I can't believe people are so bored that they think they have the right to do something like this. It's bad enough they blatantly kill game only for fun and then leave it to rot also. I hope they catch them and prosecute this slob as heavily as possible. Although he is not one of us we all still get the bad name for it.

The game thief program has been a big help in catching lawbreakers here in Colorado. Sportsmen who would normally not report something are now willing if just to get that extra preference point or extra license. Sad it has to be that way but it does work.