The reward for those that killed the mountain goats is now $15,000.

I'm from Kansas City but was raised in rural southwest Missouri. Hunting and fishing was a way of life. During the fall and winter, we hunted deer, quail, and other small game. I was taught at a young age to respect and use the animals harvested wisely. No usable piece of meat ever went to waste.

When I saw that the reward for those responsible for killing those two mountain goats was increased to $15,000, I felt compelled to share that information. Somebody knows something.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife's Operation Game Theif program is raising the reward from $5,000 to $15,000 in an effort to break the case of the goats killed near the summit of Quandary Peak, just south of Breckenridge. CP&W officers say the two male goats were shot in the head sometime on July 3.

Operation Game Thief is a program that pays rewards to those that turn in poachers. You can call in tips at 1-877-COLO-OGT or you can contact CP&W via e-mail at game.thief@state.co.us. You need not reveal your name or will be required to testify in court. A committee administers the fund, which is maintained by private donations. Rewards are paid for information that leads to an arrest or a citation being issued.

If you know anything, or perhaps know someone that does, do the right thing and make that call. This case is disturbing. Poaching is a serious crime and those responsible need to pay for their crimes.

Credit: KRDO