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

This buck was poached along the Arizona Strip on the Arizona/Utah border, 20 miles south of St. George, Utah. Photo/AZGFD

This buck was poached along the Arizona Strip on the Arizona/Utah border, 20 miles south of St. George, Utah. Photo/AZGFD

ARIZONA STRIP, Ariz. - The Arizona Game and Fish Department AZGFD) is seeking the public's help in finding those responsible for the illegal killing of a 4X4 mule deer buck recently in Game Management Unit 13B on the Arizona Strip.

The buck 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 buck was shot from BLM Rd. 1022 on or around July 22- 25 in a remote area. The entire carcass was left to waste.

At the end of May, a mule deer doe was killed about four miles from this recent poaching incident. Investigators are unsure if the two cases are related.

"Poaching is a serious crime that impacts every sportsman and woman within the state of Arizona," said Luke Thompson, supervisor of AZGFD Region 2 Field. "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."

Game and Fish is asking anyone with information about the case call the AZGFD's Operation Game Thief Hotline toll free at (800) 352-0700 or use the online form at www.azgfd.gov/thief. Callers may remain confidential upon request. Callers are asked to provide case number 16-002521 when calling.

A reward of up to $1,000 may be available for information leading to the arrest of the violator(s).

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