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May 17, 2010

Reward Offered for Deer Poaching in La Veta, Colo.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing eight deer in La Veta, Colo. This offer is in addition to an existing $1,200 reward from the Colorado Division of Wildlife's Operation Game Thief fund.

The Case:

According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, eight deer were shot illegally early in the morning of May 4 in La Veta.

"This irresponsible and senseless poaching demonstrates the contempt some people have for the laws intended to protect wildlife, said Holly Tarry, Colorado state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States commends the Colorado Division of Wildlife for investigating this serious offense."

The individual or individuals responsible are facing numerous poaching charges, including felony charges of willful destruction of wildlife.

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poachers are caught.
  • Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.  Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS works with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:

Anyone who has information about this incident should contact DOW Officer Lance Gatlin at 719-989-1027, or call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Callers may remain anonymous.

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

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