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Reward Offered in Two Deer Poaching Cases in Adams County, Pa.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering rewards of up to $2,500 in two separate cases for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing  deer in Adams County, Pa.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, a male deer whose head had been cut off and removed was found along Zeigler Mill Road, near the intersection with Rose Lane in Butler Township. It is believed that the deer was killed sometime around the end of the week of Sept. 12.

The second case involves a male deer who was illegally shot and killed on Sept. 20 at about 10 p.m. along Silo Road, near the intersection with Railroad Lane in Highland Township, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The shot was reported to have been fired from a vehicle.

“The callousness of poachers is appalling, and we hope that anyone with information about these or other poaching crimes will come forward,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Pennsylvania Game Commission for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice.” 


  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of 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 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 814-643-1831 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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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.

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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