Game And Fish Seeks Information On Two Wildlife Poaching Cases

Game And Fish Seeks Information On Two Wildlife Poaching Cases

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arizona Game and Fish Department

Arizona – -(AmmoLand.com)-The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help in gathering information on two blatant cases of poaching from Arizona hunters and Arizona Resources.

Bull Elk Poached Near Williams, Arizona
A spike bull elk that was shot and left to waste sometime during the evening of Dec. 10 and the morning of Dec. 11, near the east side of the Williams airport.

The animal was shot with a .30 caliber rifle and left in an area south of Pronghorn Ranch Road and east of the airport in the southeast portion of Game Management Unit 10. This is approximately 3 miles north of Williams and 3 miles west of Hwy 64.

Department officials suspect that this incident may have been a mistake made by someone possessing a cow elk tag for this hunt area, but officials still need to speak with those involved.
The shooting of this bull is considered a game law violation and did occur during a legal cow elk hunt season that started Dec. 4 and ended Dec. 13.

“This could be a case in which someone helps turn this wrong into a right, but we need to speak with those involved,” says Wildlife Manager Mike Rice. “As with many poaching cases, we need help from the public. Someone may have been in this area recently and may have seen or heard something associated with this case.”

Anyone with information about this incident can call the department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline toll free at (800) 352-0700. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,350 for information leading to the arrest of the violator(s). All calls may remain confidential upon request.

Information Needed In Deer Poaching
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a poacher that killed a large antlered mule deer buck sometime during the week of Dec. 14. The poaching occurred on the Arizona Strip, which is in northern Arizona along the Arizona-Utah border.

Evidence discovered during a field investigation shows that the deer was shot in the head, which was then removed and hidden in a nearby tree. The poacher only removed some of the meat from the carcass and left the rest to waste. There were no deer hunting seasons open at the time the poaching occurred.

“This is a blatant example of poachers’ disrespect for wildlife and the laws and seasons that are established to protect our wildlife resources,” says Wildlife Manager Luke Thompson. “We need help from the public in catching the poacher. Maybe you were in the area recently or recall hearing about this large 34-inch-wide mule deer buck. Please remember, poaching of wildlife is considered stealing from our wildlife resources.”

Anyone with information about this poaching can call the department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline toll free at (800) 352-0700. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,250 for information leading to the arrest of the violator(s) in this case. All calls may remain confidential upon request.

To learn more about Operation Game Thief and other pending cases, visit www.azgfd.gov/thief.

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AGFD’s programs or activities, including employment practices, they may file a complaint with the Deputy Director, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Deputy Director as listed above.

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