DOW Meetings Set to Discuss Western Slope Poaching
Western Colorado is home to the nation’s premiere deer, elk and antelope herds, yet the quality of these herds is in jeopardy due to increased pressure from flagrant poaching. In the last year, more than 62 illegally-killed animals were documented between San Miguel and Moffat counties, mostly taken after all legal hunting seasons had ended. Many of these deer, elk and antelope were shot and left to rot, with some having only trophy parts removed.
“The poachers killing these animals come from various locations and backgrounds,” said Steve Yamashita, northwest assistant regional manager. “Some may live just down the street from you while others travel to Colorado from other states seeking illegal trophies worth thousands of dollars. One thing they all have in common, their poaching activities are criminal, and they’re impacting our state’s wildlife resources.”
Colorado’s eight DOW wildlife officers assigned to patrol the counties along the Utah- Colorado border where most of the poaching has occurred have an enormous area to cover. Because of this, the DOW is asking for the public’s help.
The DOW is holding meetings in three communities along the Utah-Colorado border to solicit assistance and ideas from the public on how best to combat this problem. Anyone interested in helping stop the theft of Colorado’s wildlife is encouraged to attend one of the following meetings:
Rangely – Aug. 14, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chevron O&M building, 100 Chevron Road, (3 miles west of Rangely on Highway 64 at approximately mile marker 14).
Grand Junction - Aug. 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Northwest Region Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Ave.
Redvale – Sept. 3, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Redvale Community Center (across from the Redvale Post Office).