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Information Being Sought On Baby Bear Shot And Killed On Fish Creek Road

Rick Spowart, Wildlife Manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking any information on a little 20 pound black bear cub who was shot as she ran with her mother in the vicinity of 1750 Fish Creek Road on August 11. The cub was reported as being injured and wildlife officials sent to help thought the baby had possibly been hit by a car. After the baby bear crossed Fish Creek Road the injured cub tumbled into the creek and Spowart quickly scooped her out of the water, saving her from drowning yet sadly, the cub later died. A necropsy was performed and it was discovered the baby bear had died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The mother of the cub stayed in the area calling to her missing baby for two weeks after the shooting.

Information on this case is being sought and a $500 reward will be given for any information which leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the death of this baby bear. Call Rick Spowart at the Estes Park Police Dept. at 970-586-4000 or Operation Game Thief, toll-free within Colorado at 1-877-COLO-OGT with any tips on this case.

Additional Reward Money Raised

Bears Are Us and others were shocked and saddened by the gruesome killing of a little 20 pound female black bear by a heartless poacher’s bullet. Lab reports indicate the bullet ruptured her stomach and so it was not a quick death.

As Colorado Parks and Wildlife tried to save the cub, witnesses said that the mother was calling for her baby while her cub was dying on Fish Creek Road. The cub struggled to answer her calls. After the cub’s body was removed, the mother bear stayed in the area to search for her cub.

A reward of $500 has been posted by Operation Game Thief for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poacher. Many caring individuals have contacted Bears Are Us and have donated a total of $800 in just three days! We are hoping other individuals will donate to help increase the reward to convict this dangerous poacher.

Bears Are Us can be reached at 303-747-2911 or

Comments (2)

  • mokyfellow

    It takes a really big and brave individual to shoot and kill a small and defenceless bear cub.

    If the person who did this should read this comment, I would like to say to him/her……..sorry, I can’t put my feelings into words!

    Some day you will meet your maker. Be prepared to answer God as to why you did this!!!

  • Aggie57

    Catch the perp and skin him alive.

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