Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help in collecting information related to two mountain goats that were shot and found dead on July 3, about 2.8 miles up the Quandary Peak Trail.
On July 3 at about 3:30 p.m., two young male mountain goats, estimated to be between 1-2 years old, were shot and killed just over a half-mile from the summit of Quandary Peak, CPW said Sunday in a news release.
“The mountain goats were shot in the head with a pistol at close range,” the release said.
Wildlife officers asked that anyone that was hiking to or from the summit on Tuesday afternoon to report any suspicious activity.
“We ask that anyone who was near the summit of Quandary Peak Tuesday help us locate those responsible for this egregious poaching,” said Tom Davies, district wildlife manager with CPW. “Killing a mountain goat in this manner is a felony, and these poachers can face jail time, license suspensions and fines that can reach over $20,000 per animal.”
On Wednesday, Operation Game Thief increased the reward to $5,000 – up from $1,000 – for information leading to an arrest or citation in this case. Anyone with information can call or email Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT or firstname.lastname@example.org to report any information. Callers or emailers may remain anonymous if they choose.
“Quandary Peak is a well-traveled, popular 14er, and we hope someone active on the trail during a busy holiday week can help us find the party or parties responsible,” said Davies.
Penalties for this crime are covered under Colorado Revised Statute 33-6-109, “Wildlife – illegal possession.”
For more information on CPW regulations or stopping poachers, visit cpw.state.co.us.