The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the illegal killing of five deer, taken sometime last Thursday or Friday in Redington Pass.
In addition, the Arizona chapter of Safari Club International and the Arizona Deer Association are each offering a $500 reward upon conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for killing the White-tail doe and two yearlings, a buck and a doe, that were found shot near Mile Marker 14.8 off Redington Pass Road. Also found dead were two fawns.
“Poaching is not hunting, it’s stealing wildlife from the citizens of the state,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. “We hope that someone who saw or heard something will come forward. With the start of hunting season upon us, this is an unfortunate reminder that no true sportsman would tolerate this kind of conduct.”
The maximum penalty for poaching is six months in jail and a $750 fine for each violation. Civil penalties, as well as hunting and fishing license revocations, may also be imposed.
Individuals with information about wildlife violations are urged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, anonymously if need be, and reference OGT#14-2362. Information may also be provided on-line at http://www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml
Redington Pass in the Coronado National Forest east of Tucson is used by hunters, Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) riders, recreational shooters and hikers.