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2 young mountain goats shot on Quandary Peak mountain trail

CPW investigators seek information on the poaching of 2 mountain goats on Quandary Peak on July 3. The goats were shot at close range near the peak's summit.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife photo

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Officials say two young mountain goats were shot and killed near a mountain summit in central Colorado.The state is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Rebecca Ferrell, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said Saturday the two male goats were shot in the head with a pistol sometime on Tuesday. The goats were between 1 and 2 years old.The shootings happened on a busy trail about a half-mile from the summit of Quandary Peak, which lies south of the ski town of Breckenridge.

“We ask that anyone who was near the summit of Quandary Peak Tuesday help us locate those responsible for this egregious poaching,” said Tom Davies, district wildlife manager with CPW. “Killing a mountain goat in this manner is a felony, and these poachers can face jail time, license suspensions and fines that can reach over $20,000 per animal.”

Ferrell says officials asked for the public’s help after investigating on their own and working various wildfires across the state.

A felony poaching conviction can lead to jail time and multiple fines.

“Quandary Peak is a well-traveled, popular 14er, and we hope someone active on the trail during a busy holiday week can help us find the party or parties responsible,” said Davies.