By Amy Macavinta
The Division of Wildlife Resources is investigating the circumstances surrounding the skeletal remains of five headless deer found in a field in Clarkston over the weekend.
“There are so many unknowns at this point that I would be jumping conclusions at this time to say they were poached,” conservation officer Chris Schulze said Monday. “But we’re certainly asking the public for information.”
According to Schulze, a farmer on Saturday discovered four of the charred remains after burning the field they were found in, and Schulze found the fifth carcass about 50 yards away in another field.
Because they were all headless, Schulze said it is safe to say they were all adult bucks. Wildlife officials plan to do a necropsy on the remains to confirm the gender of the deer, along with the approximate time frame of the death and perhaps even the cause of death.
The DWR is asking anyone with information about the deer to call their hotline at 1-800-662-3337.