Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is searching for an elk poacher. The CPW is asking for the public’s assistance in apprehending an elk poacher. The incident occurred near Pike National Forest Road 146 in Park County, Colorado. Wildlife officers were alerted to a bull elk carcass that had been callously dumped in the area. It is believed that the elk was shot between June 24th and June 26th, with its remains left to rot.

The act has drawn widespread condemnation from CPW, with District Wildlife Manager Ian Petkash expressing his outrage. He described the incident as “senseless and disgraceful,” highlighting the blatant disregard for Colorado’s precious wildlife. CPW is determined to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

The evidence indicates that a high-power rifle was used to kill the elk, despite it being outside of the designated hunting season. The poacher only took the meat along the back strap, leaving the majority of the animal untouched. Additionally, one of the antlers was severed and left behind near the carcass.

Also, to encourage public participation in solving this case, CPW is offering a $1000 reward for any information leading to the identification and charging of the culprits. Furthermore, individuals who provide testimony that aids in the filing of charges will be eligible for preference points or a hunting license.

CPW urges anyone with information about the poaching incident or the individuals involved to contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648 or via email at By working together, the public and law enforcement can help bring justice to the perpetrators and protect Colorado’s wildlife for future generations.

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