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Reward For Killing Of Baby Bear Increased

Bears Are Us would like to thank the many caring and generous people who have pledged $1500 to increase the Operation Game Thief reward of $500.

We are hoping this will lead to information leading to the conviction of the cruel poacher who shot the little bear cub. Bears Are Us will have reward notices throughout Estes Park. This will send a powerful message that poaching of our beloved wildlife will not be tolerated.

Cash as well as checks made out to Bears Are Us can be deposited into the Bears Are Us account at the Bank of Estes Park, Park Lane (by Bond Park). If you wish, checks made out to Bears Are Us can be mailed to Susan Wolf at P. O. Box 315, Allenspark, CO 80510, and she will deposit them.

Operation Game Thief under Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides rewards upon prosecution of a case involving issuance of a citation, and Bear Are Us will follow this.

“Funds collected for this reward shall be maintained separately and earmarked for this case and held until the case is successfully worked, the statute of limitations (18 months) runs it’s course, or until a predetermined and stated deadline is reached” as advised by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in their correspondence to Bears Are Us.

If there is no prosecution, funds shall be returned to the donor. Please provide the amount you donated and your name and address so that you can have the donation returned to you in this case.

If you would like to contribute to Operation Game Thief instead of earmarking the money for this cub, please see their website.

If you have any information concerning who may have shot and killed this cub, please call Operation Game Thief toll-free within Colorado at 1-877-COLO-OGT, Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT, or contact them via e-mail at

Callers do not have to reveal their names or testify in court. Operation Game Thief’s reward is $500 and Bears Are Us will be providing $1500 reward as of today.

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

Editors Note from 9/7/12 EP News: 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 and 12. 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.

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