Colorado Poaching Alert: Christmas Eve Elk in Fairplay

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are seeking information on a brazen poacher who shot two large bull elk shot just off a main highway two miles south of Fairplay on Christmas Eve, Sat. Dec. 24.

The elk were both shot less than 80 yards off Hwy. 285. The poacher cut the heads off and took minimal back strap meat, leaving the majority of the animals to rot.

"Citizens have already come forward with some critical information about the time they were shot," said Mark Lamb, district wildlife manager for South Park. "I'm sure others out there can help us identify the poacher. This crime showed a complete disregard for our wildlife and our game laws. We are anxious to bring this poacher to justice."

Anyone with information about this case or who may have witnessed suspicious activity is encouraged contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648 or call Officer Lamb at 719-836-2207.

Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward in this case. 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.

Learn more about Operation Game Thief at:

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