Arizona Game and Fish seeks information to catch deer poacher on Arizona Strip

Mule deer in Utah, date not specified | Photo by Brent Stettler, courtesy of Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking the public’s help in finding those responsible for the illegal killing of a mule deer doe recently on the Arizona Strip.

The doe was illegally taken out of season and was discovered on the Arizona Strip in an area locally known as Low Mountain, about 20 miles south of St. George, Utah. Investigators believe the doe was killed within the past 10 days in a remote area accessible from a gypsum mine located off Interstate 15.

While some meat was removed from the animal, much of the carcass was left to waste.

“Poaching is a serious crime that impacts every sportsman and woman within the state of Arizona,” Arizona Game and Fish Department Region 2 Field Supervisor Luke Thompson said. “Poaching robs all Arizonans of their valuable wildlife resources. This is not the act of a hunter. It’s a crime that can likely be solved with one tip that can help us bring those responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information about the cases can call the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline toll free at (800) 352-0700 or use the online form available on the department’s Game Thief Web page. Callers may remain confidential upon request.

A reward of up to $750 may be available for information leading to the arrest of the violator(s).

Resources:

  • Arizona Game and Fish Department Website

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