CPW investigating social media post of dog killing a fawn


ANTONITO — The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is investigating social media posts of a dog killing a fawn.

The post was a video on Instagram, allegedly posted by Michael Garcia, a fishing guide, who filmed his dog, Gus, killing the fawn. Then called it “big game kill” according to some reports, and then congratulates the dog.

One report says that “in Garcia’s post, which has since been deleted, a caption reads: ‘Gus provided the best action at the end of the day. Got his first big game kill.’”

In an email to the Courier, one reader sent the posts that are hard to view and stomach-wrenching. It includes one image where the skin of the fawn is laid out on the grass while the dog chews on its bones.

Many Coloradans became outraged over the post saying it is “Unethical on his part and un-remorseful…A fawn being a big game – that’s not big game. That’s pathetic,”

Conejos River Anglers has employed Garcia as a fishing guide. According to Channel 2 News, a spokesman for the company “described the incident as an unfortunate situation… Conejos River Anglers said they now plan to let Garcia go because of the post. His photo and biography have been removed from their website.”

It is illegal to harass wildlife, according to CPW. Anyone finding baby wildlife should leave it alone because the mother is probably nearby. Dogs should be kept on leashes and under control of their owners.

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