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$1,000 reward offered in Grand County moose poaching case

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials want to speak with occupants of a white four-door sedan for information about a poaching incident that occurred last weekend.

Someone illegally shot and killed a young bull moose in the Williams Fork Valley.

Although the DOW could not release details of the incident, officials have surmised the killing was not an accident.

“This was a blatant poaching incident,” said Randy Hampton, DOW spokesperson. “We’re hopeful someone out there can help.”

The shooting occurred about 15 miles north of Silverthorne between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday night off County Road 30 in the vicinity of Henderson Mill, south of Williams Fork Reservoir, DOW officials said.

It’s believed individuals who were in a white four-door sedan in the area around the time of the crime may have information about the case.

Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in this case. Anyone with information about the case can call the DOW Hot Sulphur Springs office at (970) 725-6200 or anonymously report information toll-free to Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648.

Information about the case can also be e-mailed to game.thief@state.co.us

The most severe crime the poachers could be charged with is illegal possession of wildlife, which in the case of a bull moose carries fines of up to $10,000.

“Unfortunately, many of these wildlife crimes occur in areas that are remote,” Hampton said. “In no way can the Colorado Division of Wildlife can be everywhere, so we really do count on the help of the public in cases like this.”

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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