January 26, 2009
Reward Offered in NM Elk and Eagle Poaching Case
The Humane Society of the United States and The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing two elk and two eagles in Cibola County, N.M. in late December. The HSUS and Wildlife Land Trust offer is in addition to an existing reward of $750.
According to a published news report and a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish press release, two cow elk and two golden eagles were shot around Dec. 26 on Cibola County Road 25 near Homestake Mine. The elk were discovered approximately 80 yards from the north side of the road, while both eagles were found at the base of power line poles.
"The poaching of these animals is callous and irresponsible," said Dave Pauli, Western regional director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws."
"We appreciate the additional support from The HSUS and hope that the significant amount of reward money will encourage someone to come forward with the tip we need to solve this case," said Chris Chadwick, Sergeant with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
The poaching of a golden eagle is not only a violation of state law; it is also a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as well as the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. If convicted, the poacher may face state charges and severe federal penalties.
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at (800) 432-4263.
The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/wildlifeabuse for more information.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.
Since its founding in 1993, the Wildlife Land Trust has worked with private landowners to create 99 permanent wildlife sanctuaries where recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited. In addition, the Wildlife Land Trust works in collaboration with a variety of partners to protect many other vulnerable lands to benefit wildlife. Proud of its affiliation with The Humane Society of the United States, the Wildlife Land Trust joins in campaigns to protect wildlife from cruel and indefensible practices such as poaching, steel-jawed leghold traps, Internet hunting and canned shoots. On the web at wildlifelandtrust.org.