TELLURIDE – Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife believe a bull elk was killed illegally near Telluride on the weekend of Sept. 22 and are seeking information on this poaching incident.
According to Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Joe Lewandowski, the manager of the West Meadows subdivision found the carcass of the elk within the gated community on Sept. 28. The elk had been shot with a rifle, its head had been cut off and removed, and it had only been partially field dressed.
District Wildlife Officer Joe Koch said that the elk also had been dragged some distance by an all-terrain vehicle.
“The manager said that he’d seen some large bulls within the subdivision’s property, so if anyone saw any suspicious activity there, we want to hear from you,” Koch said.
Lewandowski said poaching is a significant problem in Colorado, and because there is so much territory to patrol, the only way Parks and Wildlife officers can solve poaching crimes is with tips from the public.
“In this case, someone shot the bull for its antlers, and it was not shot during a regular rifle season,” Lewandowski said. “More recently, it seems there has been more poaching for antlers and horns. Thirty-40 years ago, it was usually people getting meat. In this case, we have no leads on this at all. It was within the gated community, and someone had to have access to get in there.”
“Not only did the poacher kill a magnificent animal illegally; this takes away wildlife resources from all Colorado residents and ethical sportsmen and sportswomen,” Koch said.
Anyone with any information about this incident should call the Parks and Wildlife office in Montrose at 970/252-6000, or Operation Game Thief at 877/265-6648, or by email at email@example.com.
Tips can be made anonymously. Rewards are possible for tips that lead to a conviction.