DOW seeks Granby pronghorn poacher
November 5, 2010
GRANBY – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is pursuing leads for a possible arrest of a poacher who killed a large buck pronghorn and left it to rot on private land near Granby.
“It appears that the large pronghorn was killed for fun and just left there,” said Scott Murdoch, district wildlife manager for Granby. “This was a disgraceful act. This buck could have been a beginning hunter’s first animal or a serious hunter’s trophy. What a waste.”
The pronghorn carcass was reported to wildlife officers by a local homeowner who witnessed the killing on Saturday evening, Oct. 16.
Wildlife officers examined the carcass, which was found in the Smith Creek Drainage on Legacy Park Ranch.
Officers learned the poacher may have been with a group of individuals who were seen in the area.
The investigation continues as wildlife officials conduct interviews in relation to the possible crime, according to Division spokesperson Randy Hampton. The Division of Wildlife vigorously investigates poaching and other wildlife crimes, he said.
The alleged poacher could face multiple charges, depending on the circumstances, according to Murdoch.
Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a citation or arrest in the case.
No arrest had taken place nor citation issued as of noon on Thursday, Nov. 4, according to Hampton.
Callers to Operation Game Thief are not required to give their names or appear in court to receive a reward.
Anyone with information can contact Operation Game Thief toll-free at 877-COLO-OGT (877-265-6648).