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AZ Game and Fish offers reward in suspected poisoning of wildlife in Oro Valley

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ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A $500 reward is being offered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program for information that leads to an arrest for illegally poisoning wildlife found in the Canada de Oro Wash.

According to an AZGFD news release, pesticide is suspected as the cause of death of two javelina and an owl found in the wash area. Two dogs recently in the same area where the remains were found were sickened, apparently by poison. One died and the other is recovering.

“If you are using pesticides, you may only legally do so on your own property, and in a way that doesn’t put wildlife at risk,” Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson said in the release. “While the apparent poisonings of the pets and wildlife may be inadvertent, we are investigating this as a possible criminal violation nonetheless.”

Vega recommended that humane traps, or standard mouse traps, be used to control such pests as pack rats.  

AZGFD also recommends:

  • Only use anticoagulant baits sparingly to target the pest and avoid poisoning non-target wildlife. 
  • Place bait indoors or very close to structures, and in approved bait stations to avoid the potential of wildlife consuming contaminated pests. 
  • Have a plan for the safe, prompt collection and disposal of contaminated pest carcasses. Daily monitoring of the treated area to remove and safely dispose of dead animals will reduce the likelihood of secondary poisoning.

Individuals with information about the case are urged to contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, anonymously if need be.  They should reference OGT#17-001961.  

Information may also be provided on-line at http://www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml.

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