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July 13, 2011

Reward Offered in Deer Killing Crime in Silver Spring, Md.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting a deer in a Silver Spring, Md., residential neighborhood.

The Case:  According to the Montgomery County Police, on June 24, a deer was shot in the backyard of a residence on the 700 block of Silver Spring Avenue. Neighbors heard the gunfire and soon after discovered a dead deer with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

“This appalling poaching crime reflects the callous disregard that poachers have for wildlife protection laws and public safety,” said Tami Santelli, Maryland state director for The HSUS. “We sincerely thank the Montgomery County Police for their investigation of this serious crime.”

 Deer hunting season is currently closed and killing a deer is illegal. The perpetrator(s) also face charges of reckless endangerment, discharge of a firearm in an urban area and other violations.

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 and federal 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 should contact Officer Charles Wigle of the Montgomery County Police at 301-565-7740.

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

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