Colorado Horse Shooter Sought

Law enforcement authorities in Colorado are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting two horses and a lion in separate incidents that may or may not be related.

El Paso County Colo. Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Lt. Jeff Kramer said that on Aug. 20 a horse owner reported finding the animal dead in its pasture of an apparent gunshot wound. On Sept. 2 another horse owner reported finding his animal dead in its pasture about 12 miles from the original shooting site. That horse had also sustained an apparent gunshot wound, Kramer said. Finally, on Sept. 9, the director of the nearby Serenity Springs Wildlife Center, reported that on Aug. 25 a lion was discovered to have what appeared to be a puncture wound to its legs, Kramer said. The report was delayed until after veterinarian determined that a gunshot had caused the wound.

Kamer said that the incidents are being investigated both individually and collectively because of their geographical proximity.

"Right now we don't know if the cases are connected or if they are separate incidents, because we simply have no information," Kramer said. "We need the community members to be our eyes and ears."

Anyone with information about the incidents should call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719/390-5555.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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