Colorado Parks & Wildlife is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or citation of a poacher who recently illegally killed a moose.

Authorities found a female moose cow carcass on Saturday (Dec. 19) near Kenosha Pass, just northeast of the town of Fairplay — a region where there's currently no active moose or elk hunting season.

The poacher took two hind quarters of the moose, leaving the rest of the meat to rot.

“This was a senseless and disgraceful act that demonstrates a complete disregard for our state’s wildlife and the parties responsible need to be held accountable,” said District Wildlife Manager Dawson Swanson in a press release about the incident.

Swanson was the officer who discovered the incident.

The $1,000 rewards is put up by Operation Game Thief, a CPW program that pays citizens to turn in poachers.

CPW is asking the public to call its Denver office at 303-291-7227 if they observed anything suspicious from Dec. 15-18 near Kenosha Pass, or if they know anyone who harvested a moose in the area recently. To provide information anonymously, the public can contact Operation Game Thief by phone at 877-265-6648 or by email at

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