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CPW looking for person suspected of illegally shooting mule deer

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 19:11:14-05

CRAIG — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking the public's help in identifying an individual suspected of illegally shooting a mule deer buck with a bow in Craig.

On the afternoon of Dec. 31, Wildlife Officer Mike Swaro responded to an injured mule deer buck on Barcaly Street in Craig. The deer had an arrow sticking out of its left rear hip and Swaro believed it was shot that day, according to CPW.

The arrow was a black carbon arrow with green and black fletchings. It was in "relatively new condition" and could have been a Christmas gift, CPW said.

"Whoever commits any wildlife crime has the opportunity to do the right thing and turn themselves in immediately, and we will take that into account when determining charges," said Swaro.

"We encourage anyone that may know something to let us know as soon as they can," Swaro added. “This could be information on someone target practicing with this type of arrow in the area, or receiving them as a gift over the holidays.”

Anyone with information on this incident can contact Officer Swaro directly at (970) 942-8275. You can also remain anonymous by contacting Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648 or by email at game.thief@state.co.us.