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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for information in the recent poaching of a pronghorn antelope. The pronghorn carcass was discovered on Thursday, March 4 by utility workers along a ditch road northwest of 24 and F-1/2 roads in Grand Junction.

Wildlife officers say the pronghorn was likely shot in another location and then dumped along the canal road. The horns and skull plate had been removed and the remainder of the carcass was left to rot. Due to the condition of the carcass, it is likely that the pronghorn was dumped in the area between Monday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 3.

Killing and removing only the horns or antlers of an animal is a felony in Colorado, and wildlife officers are anxious to find anyone with information about this crime.

Operation Game Thief is offering a reward for information that leads to a citation or arrest. Anyone with information may anonymously contact Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648 or contact the DOW office in Grand Junction at (970) 255-6100.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is hoping that Flatiron Construction, the apparent low-bidder for the job of repairing I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, can get to work quickly to fix holes left in the roadway when some 20 boulders crashed down the northern canyon wall shortly after midnight on March 8.

The project is estimated to cost more than $860,000 for the repair work alone, and to take up to 55 days to complete.

The costs of emergency response, blasting and other work conducted in the days following the rock fall are still being tabulated, said CDOT.

According to CDOT, the boulders ranged in size from three-feet to 10-feet in diameter, and the largest was estimated to weigh 66 tons. The biggest hole in the freeway is said to be 20-feet by 10-feet in diameter.

According to CDOT, its engineering department acted quickly to get a contractor on board for the repairs, taking prospective bidders on tours of the site starting on March 8, and issuing a request for bids by the end of March 9. Bids were opened on Friday.

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