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Poachers adding to harsh winter losses



On Friday, or the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 25, a poacher or poachers killed a whitetail doe just for the thrill of it. Senior Conservation Officer Ethan Bishop found two unborn twin fawns in the doe as he searched for ballistic forensic evidence at the crime scene.

It was obvious to SCO Bishop this was a drive by shooting just for the sake of killing; the shooter or shooters made no attempt to recover the deer. A similar incident occurred on Feb. 5 when a white tailed doe and a buck fawn were shot and left to waste on the Harris Ridge Road. These deer were so close to the road that the caller first thought they were hit by a car, but the investigation showed that each was shot with a very small caliber bullet and no other tissue damage was found.

“What a waste,” Bishop said. “It just makes no sense shooting and leaving to waste our treasured big game animals who have already struggled to make it through this difficult winter. No doubt, the perpetrators responsible somehow justify their acts as entertaining and convince themselves it okay to wastefully kill our big game and unborn fawns. Criminal cowards did this, not hunters.”

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Anyone having information about these poaching incidents is encouraged to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at (800)632-5999 or SCO Bishop at (208)413-1878.

Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.



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