CPW wildlife officers were called Friday to investigate a deer with an arrow protruding from both sides of its torso in Palmer Lake, a small community located north of Colorado Springs on the El Paso County border with Douglas County.
Officers found the deer and determined it would not survive and euthanized it on the spot.
It was located along Greeley Boulevard, a heavily wooded neighborhood along Monument Creek and south of the lake.
Upon examining the deer, officers determined it had been shot very recently.
“This is poaching and it’s illegal and we want to catch the person who did this,” said Corey Adler, a CPW district wildlife manager for the Palmer Lake region. “This deer was treated unethically and that is something we take very seriously.”
“But we need the public’s help catching whoever did this.”
Adler said anyone illegally injuring or killing wildlife could face misdemeanor charges including harassment of wildlife, hunting big game without a license, illegal taking of wildlife and reckless endangerment among other charges.
Convictions could result in fines ranging from $750 to $3,000 and up to 6 months in jail, depending on the charge, Adler said.
He encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact CPW at its Southeast Regional office at 719-227-5200.
To provide information anonymously about a wildlife violation, the public can contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648, by dialing #OGT from a Verizon cellphone, or by email at game [DOT] thief [AT] state [DOT] co [DOT] us. Rewards are available if the information leads to an arrest or citation.