11 moose illegally shot in Colorado this fall

(AP) — Colorado wildlife officers are investigating 11 cases of moose being illegally shot this fall, and the fall rifle seasons aren't over yet.

Last year, officers investigated 14 cases of moose being mistakenly or illegally shot. Eleven hunters were cited for poaching or negligence.

Wildlife officers are urging elk hunters to be sure what they're targeting. They say hunters who mistakenly kill a moose should field dress the carcass and call officers, who will donate the meat.

The illegal take of a bull moose can be punished with fines up to $10,000 and surcharges. But hunters who abandon a carcass face fines up to $20,000, prison and a loss of hunting privileges.

Colorado issued 175 moose hunting licenses this year. The state lifetime bag limit for antlered moose is one.

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