AZ: Reward offered in case of deer head found at Tucson Mountain Park
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona Game and Fish Department Operation Game Thief program is offering a reward of up to $1,250 for information leading to an arrest in connection with discovery of a mule deer buck’s head Sunday, Feb. 12, at Tucson Mountain Park.
The remains, with four-point-by-four-point antlers intact, were found 12:30 p.m. on the David Yetman Trail near the Camino de Oeste Trailhead. The deer had apparently been dead for more than a week.
“Poachers are not hunters. They are thieves stealing wildlife from the citizens of Arizona,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. “It is unlawful to not have proof that an animal was legally taken. The antlers are what determines the legality of a hunt.”
Hunting is legal in Tucson Mountain Park, and the deer hunt there ended Jan. 31, so it is possible that the deer was killed legally but that the head was dragged to that location by a predator.
Individuals with information about the case are urged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, anonymously if need be, and reference OGT #12-000173. Information may also be provided on-line at http://www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml.
Most poaching cases in Arizona are class two misdemeanors punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine. Civil penalties may also apply.