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Reward Offered in Colorado Elk Poaching Case

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing three elk east of Rulison, Colo. The Colorado Division of Wildlife is also offering a reward.

The Case:

A news report gives the following account: According to Colorado DOW investigators, three bull elk were shot between 5 and 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 and discovered shortly thereafter. The incident occurred on private land off County Road 325, east of Rulison and south of Interstate 70 and the Colorado River.

"The poaching of these animals is callous and irresponsible," said Holly Tarry, Colorado state director for The HSUS. "The HSUS applauds the Colorado Department of Wildlife for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws."

Samson's Law, which carries a $10,000 fine, may apply in this case. The law was passed after an elk named Samson was illegally killed near Estes Park in 1996.

Poaching:

Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about the case may call Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648, or DOW investigating officer Dan Skinner at (970) 589-6784.

The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse and animal cruelty across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/wildlifeabuse for more information.

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