Colorado man offers reward after pet mule shot, killed
Colorado Springs Gazette
Molly the mule is dead – and the killer is on the loose.
The Woodland Park mule was shot in the stomach with a high-power rifle and left to die early March 12.
She belonged to Pikes Peak Resort owner Gary Bieske, who is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction in the brutal shooting.
“It appears somebody came by and parked alongside the road,” Bieske said. “I can’t think why anybody would drive by and shoot a mule. I think it was someone trying to poach an elk. Maybe it was some sick person out there. Not 10 cars a day come by here.”
Molly was in the pasture on Painted Rocks Road about a quarter-mile from the rural Teller County resort.
A neighbor heard the mule-hawing in pain and notified the resort. Molly died in the arms of a resort manager Jenn Jehly, who rushed to Molly’s side.
Bieske said that, based on the trail of blood, Molly likely had been bleeding for several hours.
Molly had been a fixture at the resort for nine years.
“She’s been kind of a community mule. You could put any kind of kid on her and not have to worry,” Bieske said. “We’d take her to camp and never have to tie her up. She was like a little dog.”
Molly was buried on resort grounds.