March 5, 2009
Reward Offered in Lassen County, Calif. Antelope Poaching Case
SACRAMENTO — The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing three antelope and fatally injuring two others in Lassen County, Calif.
The Case: A news report gives the following account: An anonymous tipster reported three dead and two injured antelope near Herlong, east of U.S. 395 and south of Herlong Access Road. California Fish and Game wardens responded to the scene and found a fourth antelope dead. The fifth was so badly injured, wardens euthanized the animal. Because two of the antelope were pregnant with three calves, the poacher is responsible for killing a total of eight animals. Reportedly, the antelope were shot midday on Tuesday, Feb. 24 with a small caliber rifle from a long distance.
"We hope this reward will help bring justice for these animals and shine a spotlight on the callous nature of poachers and their flippant participation in the serious crime of wounding and killing these animals," said The HSUS' Jennifer Fearing, who is based in Sacramento. "The HSUS applauds the California Department of Fish and Game for investigating this incident despite their ever-shrinking budget, warden furloughs and layoff notices to 90 game wardens."
"Five antelope were shot and left to suffer and die," said Nancy Foley, Chief of Department of Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division. "The Humane Society of the United States' assistance will hopefully encourage a potential witness to identify the perpetrator."
Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent 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 California Department of Fish and Game TIP line at: 1-888-DFG-CalTIP (1-888-334-2258).
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