ASC matches Humane Society reward

(04-30-2010)

$5,000 offered for info on deer killing

Seeking information on those responsible for poaching five deer on campus last week, Adams State President David Svaldi announced the college will match the $2,500 reward offered by The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. The rewards are for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Deer are a common sight on the Adam State campus in all seasons.

Deer are a common sight on the Adam State campus in all seasons.

"This was a very disturbing event, and it is important that we discover who is responsible for this crime," Svaldi said. "We hope a total reward of $5,000 will encourage people who know something about it to come forward."

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.

The investigation is being conducted by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Adams State College Police Department. According to ASC Chief of Police Joel Shults, the incident likely occurred at about 1:30 a.m., Thursday, April 22. An Adams State police officer found the carcasses of three adult mule deer and two fawns on the south end of campus, between Richardson Ave. and Edgemont Blvd. The deer were shot in the head and subsequently stabbed. This open, grassy area of the campus is frequented by deer who are a familiar site in Alamosa, which is bounded by the Rio Grande and agricultural areas.

ASC's south campus.

ASC's south campus.

Shults added that some individuals have reported hearing what may have been gun shots sometime after 1 a.m. Thurs., 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.

"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.

Reports can be made anonymously to Operation Game Thief.

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By Julie Waechter