August 23, 2011
Reward Offered for Information in Maryland Deer Killing
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 several deer that were found in Greenbelt, Md.
According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, in late May 2011, the carcasses of about five deer were discovered in the woods near Greenbelt Community Garden. The remains of a tree-stand—an elevated seat that hunters use to scout wildlife for hunting—were also discovered in the area.
“Poaching is a serious crime that not only harms wildlife, but as this case evidences, also puts public safety at risk,” said Elise Traub, outreach and policy manager of the Wildlife Abuse Campaign for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Maryland Natural Resources Police for their efforts to find the person or people responsible.”
It is illegal to hunt in the area where the deer carcasses were found because of the proximity to residential homes.
• 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 to 5 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 Maryland Natural Resources Police’s 24 hour Catch-a-Poacher line at 1-800-635-6124. Callers may remain anonymous.
Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.
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