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November 16, 2010

Reward Offered in Case of Five Deer Poached in Idaho

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 poaching five deer west of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Case:

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, sometime in late October, a group of three or four men in their late teens or early 20s were seen shooting deer on private land west of Idaho Falls, adjacent to Road 105 West. 

According to the department, five deer were shot — three bucks, a doe, and a fawn. The bucks and fawn were killed, and the fawn’s body was left behind. The suspected poachers tied up the wounded doe and put her in the back of a pickup truck, but she later escaped. 

The vehicle used by the suspected poachers is described as a dark green/brown Chevy or GMC pickup truck, possibly a 2000-2004 model. 

“This apparent thrill-killing demonstrates how poachers callously disregard the laws in place to protect wildlife,” said Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for their efforts to find those responsible for this serious crime.”

The perpetrator or perpetrators could face several possible charges, including trespassing and killing an over limit of deer.

Poaching:

  • 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 is asked to contact Conservation Officer Dan Kelsey at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-525-7290 or 208-390-0627. Callers may remain anonymous.

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

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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 35 acres in Idaho, 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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