Quandary Peak mountain goat poachers under criminal investigation

The investigation into the poaching of two mountain goats on Quandary Peak trail is still ongoing as Colorado Parks & Wildlife launches a criminal investigation and sifts through tips from the public.

CPW reported Saturday that the two mountain goats had been shot on the trail at around 3:30 p.m. on July 3. The goats were found 40 feet apart, about a half mile from the Quandary Peak summit. The goats were shot with a pistol at point-blank range and their remains were left on the mountain.

Quandary Peak is one of the most visited 14ers in the state and CPW officials hope the increased holiday traffic means more opportunities for clues or leads about any suspicious or unusual activity. CPW urges anyone with any information to call in their tip to Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT or e-mail game.thief@state.co.us. There is a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest or citation.

CPW spokesman Mike Porras said that while the agency received several tips from the public so far, they haven’t gotten the big break they’re looking for yet.

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