Pronghorn Poachers Sought by Authorities
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is looking for help in finding the person or people responsible for killing three pronghorn antelope that were dumped south of Hayden.
The animals' carcasses were dumped recently in a field off Routt County Road 51C, near the Yampa Valley Airport.
District Wildlife Manager Jason Trousdale gathered evidence at the scene and is hoping someone saw the people who dumped the carcasses at the site.
"Hopefully somebody out there saw a vehicle or overheard somebody talking about killing the antelope," said Trousdale.
Trousdale said the pronghorn were skinned, field dressed, and had been hung somewhere, but for whatever reason the animals weren't consumed. Dumping animals in such a fashion could lead to waste of game charges in addition to any license violations that may have occurred.
Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the DOW office in Steamboat Springs at (970) 870-2197.
Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Operation Game Thief (OGT), a DOW program that pays rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. OGT pays rewards of $250 for information on cases involving big game species.
Callers about this case or any suspected poaching incidents can call the OGT toll-free line at 1-877-COLO-OGT.
"It would be best if the person responsible for this would come forward voluntarily," said DOW Assistant Regional Manager Steve Yamashita.
"Someone out there can do the right thing and turn themselves in," added Yamashita, "or we can track down the responsible party. The severity of the penalty may, however, be related to the amount of time this case takes to clear up."