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Up to $1,000 reward offered in Three Points deer poaching case

Posted January 23, 2018

THREE POINTS, Ariz. – The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest for the illegal killing of a mule deer off Sierrita Mountain Road.

Partial remains of the deer were recovered Jan. 11 just north of Hilltop Road along the main power lines.

“Poachers are criminals. They are thieves who steal wildlife from Arizona citizens,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson.  “No true sportsman would leave game in the field to waste. We urge anyone who saw or heard something to contact us.”

Information may be provided to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, anonymously if need be.  They should reference OGT#18-000131.  Information may also be provided on-line at http://www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml.

Citizens contacting Operation Game Thief in 2017 resulted in 76 citations for wildlife violations, with civil fines of $74,500.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has trust responsibility for managing more than 800 native wildlife species – the most of any inland state – for current and future generations of Arizona citizens. http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/northamericanmodel.shtml

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