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WGFD seeks information in Riverton mule deer poaching

Sep 28, 2013 - From staff reports

Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are looking for information on a mule deer that was poached in Riverton and left to rot.

"It takes away from the people who are trying to (hunt) legally," game warden Allen Deru said about the incident. "And it takes out quality genes from the gene pool; he was a nice buck; it takes away from future generations also."

The deer was a mature male and had three points on each antler. No meat or any other part of the animal was removed from the carcass.

"The deer was just shot and left in the field," Deru said.

A witness heard a gunshot at about 10:50 a.m. Monday near 2255 Riverview Road and reported the poaching to authorities. The person saw the deer fall in a farm field but did not see who shot it or any vehicles parked nearby.

Deru asked anyone with information on the poaching to report it to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. A reward of up to $5,000 is available for information that leads to a conviction.

The amount of the reward depends on what information the informant gives and what it leads to, Deru said.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and can call Deru at 856-4982 or Game and Fish's Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3841).

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