Game wardens found one dead buck on Jan. 12 and tracked the trails of at least seven other injured deer in the area. Because of timing, conditions and terrain, game wardens were not able to track the fate of the other deer but the evidence indicates that many more were shot.
A game warden was on routine patrol in early January when he discovered the first buck, shot and left to waste. Upon further investigation, the game warden discovered the trail of at least seven other deer that were shot. Due to timing and rough terrain, the game warden was unable to find the other carcasses, but investigators spent five days covering the shooting area of more than four square miles. The evidence indicated that the deer were likely shot by the same person from the same location.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact Operation Game Thief at 800-992-3030. Callers can remain anonymous and rewards are paid for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible.
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