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December 9, 2010

Reward Offered in Deer Poaching in Luzerne County, Pa.

Deer allegedly pursued by vehicle, then shot

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 killing at least four deer in Trucksville, Pa.

The Case:

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, at least four deer were shot and killed illegally at The Lands at Hillside Farms in Trucksville. On Dec. 7, neighbors discovered the bodies of three deer in a cow pasture between Sutton Road and Church Road. All the deer were found within 50 feet of Sutton Road, near a residential housing development. 

Later Tuesday, the farm’s manager discovered a fourth dead deer farther from the road. A neighbor reported hearing gunshots at 3 a.m. Sunday morning and then seeing an SUV exit through the field.

“This past summer, Pennsylvania’s lawmakers passed legislation to increase fines and add the possibility of jail time for wildlife thrill-killing. We implore anyone with information to come forward so those responsible can be brought to justice,” 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 the poacher or poachers responsible for this serious crime.”

 Poaching:

  • Thrill-killers poach wildlife for their own perverse thrills.  They often kill several animals in a single poaching episode.
  • 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 570-675-1143 or the 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.

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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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