Reward offered for info on deer killing

(04-29-2010)

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for poaching five deer on the Adams State campus last week.

According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the carcasses of three adult mule deer and two fawns were found dead by an ASC police officer in the early morning hours of April 22. The deer were shot in the head and subsequently stabbed, according to Joel Shults, ASC Chief of Police.

He added that some individuals have reported hearing what may have been gun shots sometime after 1 a.m. Thur., April 22. Police also received reports of at least two young men seen sometime before the killings on the south campus near Richardson Hall. The pair may have been carrying toy or paint ball guns. Shults said his department's investigation so far indicates the incident may have occurred at about 1:30 a.m.

"The individual responsible for this disturbing poaching incident callously slaughtered five deer and put the public's safety at risk," said Holly Tarry, Colorado state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Adams State College Police Department for their efforts to find those responsible for this serious crime."

The individual or individuals responsible are facing numerous poaching charges, including felony charges of willful destruction of wildlife.

Anyone who has information about this incident should contact the DOW's Monte Vista office at (719) 587-6900; Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648; or the Adams State police at (719) 587-7901.

Reports can be made anonymously to Operation Game Thief.

The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse across the country. Click here for more information.

By Julie Waechter