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Colorado Parks and Wildlife searching for individual who poached two elk

Posted at 2:36 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 16:36:43-05

HASTY — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for the help of Coloradans in identifying the individual who poached two cow elk at the John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area and left their bodies to waste.

CPW officers initially responded to the incident on December 13th.

According to a press release issued earlier this week, "Officers found the dead elk in an area east of the Keller tract and west of Rule Creek, between the south bank of the reservoir and the railroad tracks."

Officers on the scene believe that the animals were shot and killed sometime between December 11 - 12.

Evidence indicates that a third elk was also shot, its carcass cleaned and moved out of the area.

“This is poaching and it’s illegal and we want to catch the person who did this,” said Kevin Mahan, a CPW district wildlife manager for the John Martin Reservoir SWA region. “These elk were treated unethically and that is something we take very seriously.”

CPW is still looking for answers and asking for the public's help in the matter.

“We would like to hear information on any hunting activity observed on Dec. 11-12 and any vehicles seen in the area,” Mahan said. “Even the smallest detail might be significant.”

To provide information anonymously, the public can contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648, by dialing #OGT from a Verizon cellphone, or by email at

Rewards are available if the information provided leads to an arrest or citation.