Bear Found Dead In Front Yard : Black bear poached in Colorado Springs, reward offered for information

Bear Found Dead In Front Yard: Black bear poached in Colorado Springs, reward offered for information

Bear Found Dead In Front Yard? A 400-pound male black bear was poached late Thursday night or early Friday morning in southwest Colorado Springs, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife release.

“I looked outside and it was lying right out there, 10 feet from the road,” said Cheyenne Mountain Estates resident Alice Tinder.

“For somebody to take a shot at him like that, it’s disheartening that somebody would do that,” said Nick Bonck, who lives across the street from where the bear was found.

The 400-pound bear was a common sight among homeowners at the Cheyenne Mountain Estates and had never bothered anyone.

“It’s really disappointing because he was such a part of our lives up here,” said Bonck. “That’s the reason you live up here on the mountain … to live around the animals.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the bear was killed as early as Friday morning and the shooter may face poaching charges, a felony in Colorado carrying a fine of up to $20,000.

“We see him here all the time,” said Tinder. “They don’t really hurt anybody.”

Operation Game Thief is seeking information and can be reached at 877-265-6648 or [email protected]

Providing information that leads to a conviction many result in a $500 reward.