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December 6, 2010

Reward Offered in Poaching Cases in Lewis County, 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 a rash of poaching incidents in Lewis County, Idaho. The HSUS offer adds to an existing Citizens Against Poaching reward.

The Case:

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, since late October, seven animals have been poached along Beaverslide Road east of Kamiah. It is believed that the animals were illegally shot from the road.

In late October, two female whitetail deer were found dead about a week apart in a field at milepost 6. On Nov. 5, officers investigated a female elk who was shot and left in the same field.  On Nov. 6, a male mule deer was found dead on the hill across the canyon from Beaverslide Road at milepost 5. An investigation revealed that the deer was shot from the road. 

On Nov. 12, a dead, male whitetail deer was discovered at mile 6.5. On Nov. 20, two dead elk were discovered in a field at mile 5.5.

“This rampant poaching suggests a disturbing disregard for 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 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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