Colorado park rangers in Dillon are investigating a possible poaching incident near Frey Gulch Road in which a bull moose was left to rot.
"Killing an animal without a license, abandoning and wasting the meat and evading authorities can potentially lead to felony charges, substantial fines, prison time and a lifetime suspension of hunting privileges in Colorado," said District Wildlife Manager Elissa Knox of Summit County.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said the bull moose's remains were found Wednesday on Tenderfoot Mountain, east of the shooting range.
It appeared the moose was shot in early October, possibly during the first rifle season between Oct. 12 and Oct. 16. Officials are investigating the incident as a possible mistaken or careless kill by an elk hunter.
"We understand that mistaken kills can happen while hunting, but we ask hunters to let us know right away," Knox said.
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