MINERAL, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife are seeking advice on the illegal killing of a black bear south of Creede last fall.
CPW wildlife officers responded to a call from a dead bear on the Rio Grande River in Mountain Views at Rivers Edge RV Resort on October 1, 2021. Wildlife officers found a 7- or 8-year-old sow that had been shot. Through their investigation, wildlife officers pulled out a 0.22 caliber air rifle bullet from the sow’s chest cavity and found that it had been fired up to two days before it was found.
Wildlife officers have been investigating ever since. They are now seeking public advice about the person responsible for killing the bear.
Individuals who surrender poachers can be rewarded with up to $ 1,000. A Citizens’ Committee as part of CPW’s Operation Game Thief program manages reward funds, which are held by private contributions, in many cases of poaching.
Anyone with information on who is responsible for poaching please contact CPW Wildlife Director in the Creede area, Brent Woodward at 719-850-6366 or at [email protected]
For anonymous information, the public can contact Game Thief mode at 877-265-6648 or at [email protected]
Poaching a large prey is a felony in Colorado. A conviction can result in a fine of $ 750 to $ 3,000, imprisonment and a lifetime suspension of hunting and fishing privileges.