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Reward Offered in Deer Decapitation Case in Allegheny County, Pa.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally removing the heads of five deer found in Allegheny County, Pa.

The Case:

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, five deer whose heads had been removed were discovered along Interstate 79 between the Neville Island and Coraopolis exits. It is suspected that the perpetrator or perpetrators were using the deer heads to cheat in hunting competitions.

“The public can play a crucial role in combating wildlife crime, and we implore anyone with information about this case to come forward,” said Elise Traub, deputy manager of the Wildlife Abuse campaign for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States commends Pennsylvania Game Commission for their efforts to find those responsible for this crime.”

The person or persons responsible could face charges of illegal possession of wildlife.


  • Poaching is a broad terms that includes illegally harming, killing or possessing wildlife.
  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • 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.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. 

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 724-238-9523, Turn in a Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-888-742-8001 or online at pgc.state.pa.us. Callers may remain anonymous. 

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. 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.

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Since 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 1.8 million acres of wildlife habitat in 38 states, including 172 acres in Pennsylvania, and eight foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org.

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