By Sarah Rose
A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a citation being issued or an arrest being made for a black bear poaching that occurred earlier this month near the entrance of Dawson Ranch, said Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Manager Zach Holder.
The 200 pound female bear was shot multiple times with arrows, Holder said.
"This was not the act of an ethical hunter, this was a grotesque case of poaching," Holder stated in press release. "The individual that killed this bear showed a total lack of respect for it and stole this bear from the People of the State of Colorado."
He said poaching is not hunting.
"Poaching is the illegal taking or possession of any game, fish or non-game wildlife," the release states. "Hunting out-of-season or outside of the game management unit for which you have a valid license, hunting at night with a spotlight or taking more animals than the legal limit also all constitute poaching. The waste of game meat is also illegal."
CPW Wildlife Officer Bob Carochi said poaching in the area is not "completely off the wall."
"It does occur," he said.
According to CPW's website, poaching is significant.
"...Studies indicate poachers may kill almost as many animals and fish as legitimate hunters take during legal seasons," the website states. "If poachers kill even half that number each year, the problem is serious. Poachers do not confine their killing only to game animals. Threatened, endangered and nongame wildlife show up in the poacher's bag as well."
The CPW is asking anyone who has any information or saw anything out of the ordinary to call officials right away. Tips can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-877-COLO-OGT. Callers may remain anonymous. Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT.