Reward offered in moose poaching case |

Reward offered in moose poaching case

VAIL – A moose was recently poached near Vail and investigators are offering a $2,000 reward for anyone who helps them catch the illegal hunters.

The moose carcass was discovered on Meadow Creek Road (U.S. Forest Service Road 410) north of Vail, according to a Colorado Department of Wildlife (DOW) press release. The road leads to Piney Lake in the White River National Forest.

There is no hunting season for moose in the area where the animal was killed. The rack of the adult bull was 41 inches wide.

The person who discovered the moose reported the crime to the DOW on Sept. 28. Investigators are still looking into the case. They want help from the public.

The DOW’s Operation Game Thief program is offering $1,000 to any person who offers information leading to the arrest and citation of those involved in the poaching. Vail Crimestoppers is matching the reward with an additional $1,000.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline at (800) 332-4155.

– Christine McManus

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