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Reward For Killing Of Baby Bear Increased

$5,000 Reward is being posted for any information concerning the killing of the baby bear cub in Estes Park on August 12.

Bears Are Us is posting reward money of $4,500 and Operation Game Thief has a reward of $500 for a total of $5,000! Many thanks to all the caring people who provided donations.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investing this poaching crime. The 20 pound female bear cub was shot in the stomach, and she did not die a quick death. Witnesses reported hearing the mother bear calling to her baby as the little cub was pulled from a creek and was dying on the bank. After the cub died and was removed, the mother stayed in the area searching for days for her baby.

We hope someone may have heard or seen something or may have spoken to someone who may have information concerning the person or persons who did this cruel and senseless killing. Any person who has any information or who has seen any suspicious activity should contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648 or call District Wildlife Manager Rick Spowart at 970-667-2984. Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT. Information can also be e-mailed to People with information can remain anonymous.

If you would like to donate money to further increase the reward, please deposit checks made out to Bears Are Us in the Bank of Estes Park (on Park Lane by Bond Park and the Town Hall). Please give your name and address to the bank so that we know you have contributed. If you do not wish to deposit a check directly into this bank account, please call Bears Are Us at 303-747-2911 or email at for information on mailing a check.

Once again we would like to extend a big thank you to all the generous donors.

Bears Are Us

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