Two young mountain goats shot, killed at close range on Quandary Peak Trail

Posted at 4:20 PM, Jul 07, 2018

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials want your help to find the person who shot and killed two young mountain goats near Breckenridge earlier this week.

The poaching of the two young male “billy” mountain goats – estimated to be between 1-to-2-years-old – happened Tuesday at approximately 3:30 p.m. just over a half-mile from the summit of Quandary Peak, CPW officials said Saturday.

The mountain goats were shot in the head with a pistol at close range, said CPW spokeswoman Rebecca Ferrell in a press release sent to Denver7.

Officials are now asking anyone that was hiking to or from the summit on Tuesday afternoon to report any suspicious activity to them immediately. 

“Killing a mountain goat in this manner is a felony, and these poachers can face jail time, license suspensions and fines that can reach over $20,000 per animal,” said CPW District Wildlife Manager Tom Davies.

A $1,000 regard is being offered for information leading to an arrest or citation in the case. Anyone with information about the poaching can call or email Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. You can also email to report any relevant information you may have. You can remain anonymous.

"Quandary Peak is a well-traveled, popular 14er, and we hope someone active on the trail during a busy holiday week can help us find the party or parties responsible,” Davies said.