Wildlife officers search for pronghorn poacher
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for information in the recent illegal killing of a pronghorn.
DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said the pronghorn carcass was discovered March 4 by utility workers along a ditch road northwest of 24 and F 1/2 Roads in Grand Junction.
Because of the where the carcass was found, evidence indicates the pronghorn likely was shot in another location and later dumped along the canal road, Hampton said.
According to the DOW report, the horns and skull plate had been removed, and the remainder of the carcass was left to rot.
Because of the condition of the carcass, officers surmised the pronghorn was dumped in the area between March 1 and March 3.
Killing and removing only the horns or antlers of an animal is a felony in Colorado, and wildlife officers are anxious to speak with anyone having information about this crime.
A small population of pronghorn patrols the valley north of Interstate 70 between Mack and Loma, Hampton said, but the herd is too small to support hunting.
Another herd, with limited hunting, is often seen between Grand Junction and Delta. A reward is being offered through Operation Game Thief for information that leads to a citation or arrest in this case.
Anyone with information can remain anonymous and contact Operation Game Thief toll-free at 877-265-6648 or contact the DOW office in Grand Junction at 255-6100.