DOW Offers Reward for Grand Lake Elk Poacher

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is looking for information regarding the poaching of a bull elk in the community of Grand Lake.

The four-point bull elk was shot and killed by an arrow on Friday, Aug. 26, the day before the archery season opened in Colorado.

"The carcass was discovered near the fire station on County Road 64 south of Grand Lake," said DOW District Wildlife Manager Kirk Oldham, who was called in to investigate. "The animal was likely shot immediately north of Soda Springs and then stumbled down the hill, across highway 34, and died behind the fire station."

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Operation Game Thief (OGT). OGT is a DOW program that rewards citizens who turn in poachers. The call is toll-free within Colorado at 1-877-COLO-OGT. Callers do not have to reveal their names or testify in court. A reward of $1,000 has been authorized in this case. Rewards are paid for information which leads to an arrest or a citation being issued.