Hunting season always comes with its share of stores and this season is no different. Last week the Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials were in Leadville to investigate a possible Moose Poaching (see initial story). Leadville Today just verified with Wildlife Manager Joshua Jiron and lead investigator on the case that those bones ended up being from an elk, which was determined to be legally harvested.
However, yesterday, November 9 local cyclist Chris Albers was riding The Cloud City Wheelers mountain bike trails (ironically Elk Run) and came across a dead bull moose. Jiron was contacted and retrieved the animal from the woods with assistance from local officials.
“This moose was NOT shot,” Jiron reported to Leadville Today. We checked it at the scene and there were no bullet holes, no point of entry.” From there, the gentle giant was transported down to Fort Collins to the Wildlife Lab where a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
“It’s sucks,” reported Sterling Medge with the Leadville bike club that maintains the trails. “We’ve posted it on our Facebook page and hope that it brings some awareness.” No doubt the post is getting a lot of traffic: LINK.
If you have any information on this, or any moose poaching incident, you are asked to contact DWM Jiron at (719) 539-8415.
Operation Game Thief (OGT) is a Wildlife Crime Stoppers Organization and is sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which pays rewards up to $1,000 to citizens who turn in poachers. Callers can remain anonymous and never have to testify in court. Find more information on the program: LINK.
To report a possible poaching incident through OGT, call 1-(877) 265-6648 FREE.