Information sought in deer poaching case near Kingman

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June 23rd, 2008

Information sought in deer poaching case near Kingman

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information that could help lead to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the recent poaching of a mule deer near Kingman.

The incident occurred on or around May 27 southwest of Bull Mountain, just west of Stockton Hill Road. The carcass was left to waste.

“This is not the act of sportsmen,” said Michael Rice, wildlife manager in Region III. “This is a blatant example of poachers’ disrespect for wildlife and the laws that ensure our wildlife resources are available for future generations to enjoy.”

The mule deer was a mature doe and Game and Fish biologists consider this to be a major loss to the residents of Arizona.

“We need help from the public in catching this poacher,” Rice said. “If anyone saw or heard anything related to this criminal act, we need to know. A person might have bragged about the crime during a conversation. Any information, no matter how trivial, might help us in the investigation.”

Erin Riddering, game specialist in the Kingman office, said the loss of a doe in the Cerbat Mountains should be of concern to all the residents in the area. Drought, predation, and habitat loss have diminished overall population numbers.

“A doe can have offspring until their death,” Riddering said. “There’s no telling how many generations of deer were impacted by this single criminal act.”

To report information on this, or any Game and Fish violation, call the department’s Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700. Caller identities will remain confidential upon request and callers may be eligible to receive a reward of at least $250 upon the arrest of the violator.

Information may also be given directly to the Kingman Game and Fish office, or by calling the office at (928) 692-7700.

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