A social media post led to the arrest of a New Mexico man accused of letting his dog kill a fawn in southern Colorado, the state Parks and Wildlife department announced Monday.
Michael Garcia posted pictures of the dead fawn and his dog on Facebook, wildlife officials said, prompting calls to the agency’s poaching hotline.
Garcia, 36, was on his way to the Conejos River in the San Luis Valley, where he works as a fishing guide. Authorities say his dog took off and killed the fawn.
Investigators wouldn’t have known if not for Garcia’s social media post, said Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski.
“It wasn’t like he was in a state park or a big campground or something like that,” he said.
The post has been deleted.
“We’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s quite a disturbing case,” said Lewandowski.
Garcia could be fined $1,372.50 and be charged with several wildlife crimes.
He is scheduled to appear in the Conejos County Court on Sept. 16.
Wildlife officials also are seeking to suspend Garcia’s hunting and fishing licenses in Colorado.
“Hunting and fishing licenses are a privilege, and you have to abide by rules to maintain the license,” said Lewandowski.