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August 14, 2013

Reward Offered for Illegal Killing of Duck and Turtle with Arrow

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting a duck and a turtle with a bow and arrow on the Susquehanna River in northern York County, Pa.

The Case: According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, on July 29, a mallard duck and snapping turtle were unlawfully killed by a bow and arrow. Conservation officers are looking for information about people illegally shooting animals along the Susquehanna River from Goldsboro to York Haven. Officers are specifically seeking information about a bow fishing group that is believed to launch from the Goldsboro area and typically fishes along Brunner Island from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Elise Traub, director of wildlife protection for The HSUS said: “This callous disregard for wildlife protection laws is unacceptable and we urge anyone with information to come forward. We are so thankful for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s tireless work to investigate this crime and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

The Investigators: The PGC is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 610-926-3136 or the TIP Hotline number at 1-888-PGC-8001. Those who provide information leading to the arrest of the shooter or shooters may be eligible for an additional monetary reward provided by the PGC.

Poaching:

  • The season for hunting mallard ducks is currently closed and killing snapping turtles with a bow and arrow is illegal year round.
  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are killed illegally each year.
  • 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.

Resources: The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Conn.

Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson; 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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