2 Mountain Goats Murdered With Pistol at Point Blank Range Near Summit of 14,265′ Quandary Peak, CO

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2 mountain goats were shot and killed at point blank range and found dead on July 3rd, 2018 on the Quandary Peak Trail just half a mile from the summit of 14,000′ Quandary Peak, CO.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help in gaining any information related to the killing of these two goats.

“On July 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m., two young male “billy” mountain goats, estimated to be between 1-2 years old, were shot and killed just over a half mile from the summit of Quandary Peak. The mountain goats were shot in the head with a pistol at close range. Wildlife Officers ask anyone that was hiking to or from the summit on Tuesday afternoon to report any suspicious activity.” – Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Killing a mountain goat is a felony. 

These poachers face jail time and fines up to $20,000 per animal.

“We ask that anyone who was near the summit of Quandary Peak Tuesday help us locate those responsible for this egregious poaching,” said Tom Davies, District Wildlife Manager with CPW. “Killing a mountain goat in this manner is a felony, and these poachers can face jail time, license suspensions and fines that can reach over $20,000 per animal.” – Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and/or citation in this case.

Map with pin on 14,265′ Quandary Peak, CO.

 

Colorado Parks & Wildlife Press Release:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigates the poaching of two mountain goats on Quandary Peak; up to $1,000 reward offered for information

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is asking for the public’s help in collecting information related to two mountain goats that were shot and found dead on July 3, approximately 2.8 miles up the Quandary Peak Trail.

On July 3 at approximately 3:30 p.m., two young male “billy” mountain goats, estimated to be between 1-2 years old, were shot and killed just over a half mile from the summit of Quandary Peak. The mountain goats were shot in the head with a pistol at close range. Wildlife Officers ask anyone that was hiking to or from the summit on Tuesday afternoon to report any suspicious activity.

“We ask that anyone who was near the summit of Quandary Peak Tuesday help us locate those responsible for this egregious poaching,” said Tom Davies, District Wildlife Manager with CPW. “Killing a mountain goat in this manner is a felony, and these poachers can face jail time, license suspensions and fines that can reach over $20,000 per animal.”

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest or citation in this case. Anyone with information can call or email Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT or game.thief@state.co.us to report any information.  Callers or emailers may remain anonymous if they choose.

“Quandary Peak is a well-traveled, popular 14er, and we hope someone active on the trail during a busy holiday week can help us find the party or parties responsible,” said Davies.

Penalties for this crime are covered under C.R.S. 33-6-109, Wildlife–illegal possession. For more information on CPW regulations or stopping poachers, visit cpw.state.co.us.


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