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December 12, 2011

Reward Offered in Pa. Deer Poaching Case

 Reward Offered in Pa. Deer Poaching Case

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 deer in Somerset County, Pa.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, on Dec. 2, they received a call reporting that a 10-point buck had been poached in Jenner Township. Witnesses heard and saw someone shoot the deer from a vehicle around 7 a.m. and saw a dark colored Ford pick-up truck with no cap drive away from the scene.

“The poacher responsible for this crime should be brought to justice, and we implore anyone with information to 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 investigate wildlife violations such as this.” 

 Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • 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 the deer poaching should contact the Game Commission office at 724-238-9523 or 1-888-PGC-8001. Callers with information may remain anonymous. 

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

 

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, stwining@humanesociety.org 301-258-1491

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