February 17, 2011
Reward Offered in Dall Sheep Poaching in Alaska
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 identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a Dall sheep south of Anchorage.
According to Alaska Wildlife Troopers, on Feb. 6, a hiker found the body of a Dall sheep near the Falls Creek trailhead near Indian. The sheep was about 50 yards off of Mile 105 of the Seward Highway. The animal, who troopers believe had been killed within the last four days, had been beheaded and skinned.
“Poachers callously disregard the laws in place to protect wildlife,” said Elise Traub, deputy manager of wildlife abuse for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for their efforts to find those responsible.”
Dall sheep hunting season was closed at the time of the killing.
- 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 to5 percent of poached animals are discovered by law enforcement.
- Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
- The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies nationwide to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard Hotline at 1-800-478-3377. Callers may remain anonymous.
humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.
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