New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
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Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 1, 2016:
Department seeks information about poached antelope near Raton, Clayton
RATON – Department of Game and Fish conservation officers are seeking information regarding a suspected illegal killing of a buck pronghorn antelope sometime Wednesday, March 30, between Raton and Clayton.
A Pueblo, Colo., game warden notified New Mexico officers Wednesday that he had stopped a truck in Pueblo and discovered a freshly killed, partially gutted pronghorn in the truck’s bed, with blood dripping out of the vehicle. The four suspects, traveling in a silver Chevrolet 2500 four-door pickup with a black bed cover and Colorado license plates, had checked out of an Amarillo, Texas, hotel earlier that morning, leading officers to suspect they shot the pronghorn somewhere between Clayton and Raton, a common route from Amarillo to Pueblo.
Anyone who witnessed the poaching or anything suspicious in that area Wednesday is urged to contact Operation Game Thief toll-free, (800) 432-4263. Callers who report wildlife crimes can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards if information leads to a conviction.