copyright the Chronicle October 25, 2017
by Tena Starr
A Craftsbury Common woman rapidly raised more $2,500 through GoFundMe in order put up a reward she hopes will lead to the conviction of whoever illegally shot a cow moose in Westmore last month.
Efforts to reach Cindi Bollettieri, who launched the campaign and put up $1,000 herself, were unsuccessful, but she posted the following on the gofundme page: “Vermont state game wardens are seeking tips to help solve a case of a moose that was poached in Westmore. A reward is available to anyone with information leading to an arrest by calling Operation Game Thief at 1-800-75 ALERT. The cow moose was shot from the road out of season and at night on Saturday, September 23. After poachers shot the moose, they dragged the animal on the road behind their truck over 11 miles to the town of Orleans. The animal was left to rot in the 80-degree heat by the side of Hollow Road off Route 58 in Orleans. The cow moose was lactating, indicating she likely had a calf with her. 100% of funds raised will go directly to: Operation Game Thief — Orleans Moose in care of Vermont Fish & Wildlife, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05602”
Donations ranged from $5 to Ms. Bollettieri’s own $1,000.
“Oh, my God, this makes my heart hurt,” one post says. “Please find whoever did this.”
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