Wildlife officials need help. People are attacking animals in the Colorado Springs area by shooting blow darts at them.
One rabbit has died, and several ducks, geese, squirrels and other animals have been injured, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Wednesday in a news release.
"This is illegal harassment of wildlife," said area wildlife manager Frank McGee. "It's something we take very seriously. But we need the public's help catching whoever is doing this."
The attacks have targeted ducks at Willow Springs in Fountain, rabbits at Quail Lake in south Colorado Springs and a goose at Sinton Pond near Interstate 25 and Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs.
Tuesday, a goose with a dart stuck in its neck was found at Kissing Camels Golf Course on the west side. The bird has been seen caring for its goslings, even with the dart still in its neck.
Anyone found injuring or killing animals with a blow dart could face misdemeanor chargers of harassment of wildlife, hunting small game without a license, illegal taking of wildlife and hunting out of season. Fines range from $50 to $100 or more.
Anyone within information about the attacks is asked to contact the wildlife office at 719-227-5200, Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648 by dialing #OGT from a Verizon cellphone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.