The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information on a buck mule deer that was poached east of Laramie in the Pole Mountain area on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The deer was discovered about .5 mile[s\ east of the intersection of Highway 210 (Happy Jack Road) and Vedauwoo Road. The limited quota hunt area where the poaching occurred is not open to rifle hunting until October 20. Game Warden Shawn Blajszczak said the deer was shot between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and was found about 50 feet off the roadway. The animal was shot twice, once through a hind leg and a second shot through the gut. Officers Blajszczak and Kelly Todd also discovered additional evidence at the scene.
“We recovered items that were dropped from the suspect’s vehicle,” Officer Blajszczak said. “The suspect shot from the road, and most likely shot from the vehicle.” The head was removed from the buck and the rest of the animal was left to rot.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Stop Poaching Tip Line at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847) or Officer Blajszczak at (307) 638-8354. Tips may also be reported online at http://gf.state.wy.us/stoppoaching. Informants may receive a reward of up to $5,000 for tips that lead to a conviction, and can choose to remain anonymous.