CANON CITY, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief and residents of Dawson Ranch are offering $2,000 for information leading to a citation being issued or an arrest being made for the recent poaching of a black bear in Canon City.
The bear was shot several times with archery equipment and was found in the Dawson Ranch subdivision.
“This was not the act of an ethical hunter, this was a grotesque case of poaching,” said District Wildlife Manager, Zach Holder. “The individual that killed this bear showed a total lack of respect for it and stole this bear from the People of the State of Colorado.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind the public that poaching is not hunting and is theft of wildlife from the public. Poaching is the illegal taking or possession of any game, fish or non-game wildlife. Hunting out-of-season or outside of the game management unit for which you have a valid license, hunting at night with a spotlight or taking more animals than the legal limit also all constitute poaching. The waste of game meat is also illegal.
Anyone who has any information or saw anything suspicious is asked to call officials right away.
Tips can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT. Callers to Operation Game Thief may remain anonymous if they wish. Tips can also be given to District Wildlife Manager Zach Holder at 719-269-0656.