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Reward offered to solve illegal deer killings
by Tribune Staff
Mar 03, 2011 | 694 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — The Operation Game Thief (OGT) Citizens’ Board is offering a $4,000 reward to generate tips to solve a criminal case of eight deer shot in Voltaire Canyon near Carson City.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) released information on the case on Feb. 15 hoping to generate tips and solve the case. The board is a volunteer organization that manages donations to the OGT program and offers rewards to solve poaching cases.

This reward is in addition to The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust offering a $2,500 reward for information in the case.

“A lot of people in the community are rightfully outraged by this senseless poaching,” said Rob Buonamici, chief game warden at NDOW. “We know that public concern makes a big difference in getting these cases solved.”

In the original case, game wardens discovered one dead buck Jan. 12, and tracked the trails of at least seven other injured deer in the Voltaire Canyon area. Because of timing, conditions and terrain, game wardens were not able to track the fate of the other deer, but it’s clear from the evidence at the scene that many more were shot.

Concerned people with information can contact OGT at 800-992-3030. Callers can remain anonymous and rewards are paid for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible wildlife crime.

NDOW protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, promotes fishing, hunting and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. For more information, visit www.ndow.org.

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