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Post DOW seeks info on bighorn sheep shot

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking information about three Bighorn sheep killed illegally in Hinsdale County approximately 22 miles southwest of Creede on Nov. 15 or 16.

The sheep had been shot with high-power rifles near Rio Grande Reservoir just off United States Forest Service Road 520. Two ewes (females) and a lamb were shot and left to rot.

The shooting occurred during the fourth big-game hunting season which was Nov. 15-19. A hunter in the area found the carcasses and made a report to the DOW. The animals were found on Nov. 17.

The killing of three is damaging to the bighorn herd, said Brent Woodward, district wildlife manager in the Creede area.

“We do not have large herds of bighorns in Colorado,” Woodward said. “Killing three sheep is a significant loss and could have a serious affect on the overall population in this area.”

Woodward recovered the bullet casings that were likely used. The bullets were fired from a 7 mm Remington Magnum rifle, and a 300 H&H Magnum rifle.

If you have information about this incident, please call Woodward at 1-719-850-6366, or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Tips can be made anonymously.

Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:27 am
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