PALMER LAKE, Colo. (KRDO) -- Colorado Parks and Wildlife are asking for the public's help to find an archer who left a deer to die in Palmer Lake.
Wildlife officers responded to reports Friday that a deer had an arrow protruding from both sides of its torso near Palmer Lake. Officers found the deer and had to euthanize the deer on the spot because it would not survive its injuries.
The deer was located along Greely Boulevard, a heavily wooded neighborhood along Monument Creek and south of the lake.
Corey Adler, a district wildlife manager with CPW, says the deer had been recently shot when officers arrived.
“This is poaching and it’s illegal and we want to catch the person who did this,” Adler said. “This deer was treated unethically and that is something we take very seriously.”
CPW says 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.
A conviction could lead to hefty fines ranging form $750 to $3,000 and up to six months in jail, depending on the charge.
Adler says anyone with information about the incident should 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Rewards are available if the information leads to an arrest or citation.