FLAGSTAFF — The poaching of two female mule deer near Colorado City, Arizona is under investigation by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Officials believe the animals were killed January 5th or 6th.
At the time, there was no open hunt for female mule deer.
The deer were found in Game Management Unit 13A, north of Mohave County Highway 237 (Cane Beds Road) in the Cottonwood Canyon area, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
“Evidence was collected at the scene, but help from the public will play a critical role in finding those responsible,” said Tim Shurtliff, Arizona Game and Fish Department (ZGFD) wildlife manager. “This is not the act of a hunter. Poaching is a crime. It is stealing wildlife from the citizens of Arizona. It is important for anyone with information to come forward and help Game and Fish bring those responsible to justice.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700, or visit www.azgfd.com/ogt/, and refer to case #20-000053. Callers can remain anonymous upon request and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,500 for information that leads to an arrest in this case through the Operation Game Thief program.