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November 23, 2010

Reward Offered in Case of ‘Poacher X’ 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 self-identified as “Poacher X” who claims to have poached a whitetail deer, a pronghorn antelope and a turkey in Idaho, with alleged plans to illegally kill more animals.

The Case:

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, on Nov. 12, the department received a letter and photographs of a whitetail deer and pronghorn antelope from someone identified only as “Poacher X.” The letter read, “Here is a picture of the nice buck I poached up in northern Idaho this year. & I plan to do all my Idaho hunting like this from now on. & I'll send a picture of my nice pronghorn next. Also my turkey.” The letter was postmarked from Everett, Wash. 

“The flippant taunts of this self-proclaimed criminal demonstrate how callously poachers disregard wildlife protection laws,” 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 these serious, alleged crimes.”

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 the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999. 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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