Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are asking for the public's help in identifying the person or persons responsible for killing a cow moose and her two calves in an empty lot within Mountain Shadows Estates, a subdivision located on County Road 6421 between Granby and Grand Lake.
On Nov. 14, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., a witness hunting near the subdivision reported to wildlife officials that he heard several shots fired in rapid succession. Upon investigating, the witness says he found the cow and a calf dead, the other calf dying, and that no one immediately approached the carcasses to claim responsibility.
"This is an outrageous incident," said northwest regional manager Ron Velarde. "My officers are preparing an all-out effort to find the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice."
Anyone with information can call Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Hot Sulphur Springs at (970) 725-6200, or Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648 if they wish to remain anonymous. OGT is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the suspect. Officials from Safari Club International have offered to match this amount, bringing the current reward to $5,000.
Wildlife officials remind the public that even a seemingly insignificant detail may be the missing piece in a larger puzzle and urge anyone with information to provide it as soon as possible.