Wildlife officials investigate death of moose in Summit
November 1, 2013
DILLON — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information about the death of a bull moose found Wednesday, Oct. 23, near Frey Gulch Road on Tenderfoot Mountain, east of the shooting range. According to wildlife officials, the moose died from a gunshot wound and was not field dressed, leaving the meat to waste.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges the public to provide any additional information that may lead to the person or persons responsible, including personal photos of any live bull moose seen in the area since early October.
The animal was discovered during Colorado's 2nd Rifle hunting season, however officials believe it was killed in early October, possibly during the first rifle season, Oct. 12 through 16. Although the circumstances are currently unknown, officials are investigating the incident as a possible mistaken or careless kill by an elk hunter.
"We understand that mistaken kills can happen while hunting, but we ask hunters to let us know right away," said District Wildlife Manager Elissa Knox, of Summit County. "Killing an animal without a license, abandoning and wasting the meat and evading authorities can potentially lead to felony charges." Anyone with information can contact Operation Game Thief, a wildlife tips hotline at 877-265-6648.