August 4, 2009
Reward Offered in Oregon Deer Poaching Case
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 illegally shooting a deer near West 40th Street in South Eugene, Ore.
According to the Oregon State Police, the male deer was shot in the neck with an arrow on or around Wednesday, July 18. The deer was discovered alive, but was later euthanized by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
"The poaching of this deer is a serious crime. Shooting and abandoning this deer to suffer with an arrow through his neck shows the callous disregard some individuals have of wildlife," said Scott Beckstead, Oregon state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Oregon State Police and Fish and Wildlife Division for thoroughly investigating this incident."
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 should contact OSP Trooper Marshall Maher at Marshall.firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to stay anonymous should call the Turn in Poacher (TIP) line at (800) 452-7888.
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