Craig Before light Wednesday morning, an unidentified person fatally shot a mule deer buck within the Craig city limits at the Sixth Street and Ledford intersection, Colorado Division of Wildlife officials said.
Residents in the vicinity reported hearing gunshots before morning, said Mike Fwaro, DOW district wildlife manager.
Anyone who provides information relating to the incident is eligible for a reward, which starts at $500 and can be more, Fwaro said. Calls can be anonymous and should be made to Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648 or Craig Regional Dispatch at 824-6501.
The incident did not appear to be related to any issue involving the animal and a homeowner, as it was shot in the middle of the intersection, Fwaro said.
Shootings in town are not common, he said.
"Every once in a while, somebody gets angry about the deer in their yard, but they can call us and we'll take of that," Fwaro said. "Generally, everybody in town here loves the deer, likes them being in the area. This is an isolated incident."
The scene had no signs that the shooter made an attempt to move the animal or harvest any meat, Fwaro said.
"It looks like somebody just went out and wanted to shoot something," he said.
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