Reward Offered For Information Leading To An Arrest

By Arizona Game and Fish Department​​​​​​​

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is investigating the poaching of a mule deer buck between Oct. 27 and 29 on the Kaibab Plateau in Game Management Unit 12AW.

The dead buck was left for waste at a wildlife water east of the road 235A and the poacher made no attempt to hide the animal. Game camera photos from the area show three individuals at the scene on the day the incident likely occurred and AZGFD is asking for any information that may identify these individuals.

“Someone may have seen these three individuals in the area,” AZGFD Wildlife Manager Todd Buck said. “We need assistance from the public to identify the individuals responsible. This is the action of a criminal — no true sportsman would leave game in the field to rot.”

At the time the poaching occurred, there were active hunts and many hunters were actively scouting for upcoming hunts. It is also hoped that other outdoor recreationists were in the area and may have seen something or have valuable information about this crime.

Anyone with information about this case can call AZGFD’s Operation Game Thief hotline at:
(800) 352-0700
Or visit:
www.azgfd.com/ogt

And refer to case #19-003719.

This comes after just a few weeks after a report that the Arizona Game and Fish Department were investigating the poaching of a female black bear that was killed between Nov. 1 and Nov. 6 north of Woods Canyon Lake in Game Management Unit 4A.

That bear was killed and dumped off of Forest Road 169, east of Forest Road 300. The poacher attempted to hide the animal and left the meat to waste. Physical evidence was recovered from the scene.

“Someone may have information about this case,” said Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Manager Seth Sheer. “We need assistance from the public to find the individual(s) responsible. This is the action of a criminal — it’s theft of wildlife resources from the people of Arizona. No true sportsman would leave game in the field to rot.”

Anyone with information about either case can call AZGFD’s Operation Game Thief hotline at:
(800) 352-0700 

Or visit:
azgfd.com/ogt/

For the bear poaching Refer to case:
#19-003917

Callers may remain anonymous upon request and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500 in this case upon arrest.

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