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 the illegal killings of eight mule deer in Southern Nevada. This adds to an existing reward of $3,000 offered by the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Operation Game Thief, bringing the total reward to $8,000.

Heather Carpenter, western regional director for the HSUS, said: “The killing of these eight deer is tragic and senseless. The criminals responsible have stolen these animals from all of us, depriving citizens of the special opportunity to enjoy wildlife in nature and gaining an unfair advantage over people who observe hunting laws. We are grateful to the Nevada Department of Wildlife for their tireless efforts to seek justice for these horrible killings.”

The Case: The eight mule deer were killed and left to waste over the course of three weeks in September in hunt unit 262 near Mount Charleston. NDOW game wardens discovered several kill sites and believe all the incidents are related. There may be multiple shooters. In a few incidents, a small amount of meat or the antlers were taken, but the vast majority of the animals were intact and left to rot.

A Serious Crime: Illegally killing a mule deer in Nevada is a felony.

Ben Callison, president of The Trust, said: “Poaching is an egregious crime against wildlife. We must work together to ensure those who were involved are held fully accountable for their actions. Protecting wildlife from acts of cruelty is crucial to maintaining a civilized society.”

The Investigators: The Nevada Department of Wildlife is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030. Follow Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed on Twitter for the latest news on the case @Chief_GW_NV.

Resources: The HSUS and the Trust work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Other services include assistance with internet wildlife trafficking investigations, donation of robotic decoys and forensic equipment, funds to support wildlife K-9 programs, outreach to prosecutors to encourage vigorous prosecution of poachers and legislative work to strengthen penalties for poaching.

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