Feb 24, 2014 4:25 PM by Monica Gouty
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for information after a young deer was found in Colorado Springs with an arrow sticking out of its head.
The deer was found on February 12th in a neighborhood in the northeastern part of Colorado Springs, near Foothills Elementary School. Wildlife officials say the fawn had been shot between the eyes, likely with a crossbow. The injured animal was alive, but clearly having trouble functioning, because of that, the decision was made to put the deer down.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the incident is considered poaching, and they hope to find those responsible so that they may be held accountable.
Animal officers are also investigating another shooting incident. They say another deer was found February 22nd in the same area as the fawn, and was also believed to have been shot with an arrow.
It's not clear yet if the two incidents are related.
Operation Game Thief is offering a $500 reward for information leading to a citation being issued or an arrest being made.
Anyone with information can call Colorado Wildlife Officer Philip Gurule at 719-227-5283 or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT. Email tips can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Callers to Operation Game Thief may remain anonymous.