The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking information about a suspicious incident in the Hanks Creek drainage of Game Management Unit 61 where a bull elk was found dead. Unit 61 is located north and east of the San Miguel River on the west side of the Uncompahgre Plateau.
On Oct. 9 a local rancher reported finding the carcass of a large bull elk. Due to the position of the carcass and other factors, the rancher was suspicious of the cause of death. When Division of Wildlife officers examined the carcass they determined that the elk had been dead for at least a day and that the animal’s antlers had been removed.
Information can be provided to the DOW anonymously. Anyone providing tips abut this incident, if it is determined to be an illegal act, could be eligible for a cash reward. Also, because GMU 61 is a totally limited draw unit for elk, anyone providing a tip could also be eligible to receive a bull tag for the unit under the TIP(Turn In Poachers) program.
Anyone having any information regarding this incident should call District Wildlife Manager Mark Caddy at (970)327-4489 or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.
This is in the general area, or drainage that the all time record bull was collected. Those that kill an animal for the antlers alone are thieves that are stealing our public property, and heritage.
For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.