Game and Fish seeks suspected deer poachers - Tucson News Now

Game and Fish seeks suspected deer poachers

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Arizona Game and Fish Department seeks the public's help in finding information that could lead to an arrest in the illegal killing of five deer in the Redington Pass area.

The Operation Game Thief said a White-tailed doe and two yearlings, a buck and a doe were killed either Aug. 21 or 22 and found near Mile Marker 14.8 off Redington Pass Road. Game and Fish said it also located two dead fawns.

“Poaching is not hunting, it's stealing wildlife from the citizens of the state,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. “We hope that someone who saw or heard something will come forward. With the start of hunting season upon us, this is an unfortunate reminder that no true sportsman would tolerate this kind of conduct.”

Game and Fish said the maximum penalty for poaching is six months in jail and a $750 fine for each violation, with the possibility of civil penalties and revoked hunting and fishing licenses.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Operation Game Thief at (800) 352-0700 or visit Calls to the 24-hour tip line may remain anonymous. The Operation Game Thief said a reward of up to $1,000 will be offered for information leading to an arrest. Additionally, the Arizona chapter of Safari Club International and the Arizona Deer Association are each offering a $500 reward upon conviction of those responsible.

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