KINGMAN— Arizona Game and Fish is seeking information regarding the poaching of a pronghorn doe in Game Management Unit 10.
Officers with Game and Fish need public assistance and Operation Game Thief is offering up to a $750 reward for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for the crime. The Arizona Antelope Foundation is offering up to $750 upon conviction.
“An officer is investigating the incident and has recovered significant physical evidence from the scene,” said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman. “However, the help of the public is critical in finding those responsible.”
The doe was unlawfully shot the morning of Feb. 23 about a half mile southeast of Stone Lake in Unit 10. The animal was left to waste and there is no season for the take of pronghorn does.
If found, those responsible may face criminal charges, including knowingly take of big game wildlife during a closed season, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor and carries a maximum fine of $2,500 and six months in jail.
After the case is adjudicated, those responsible also face a potential civil assessment by the Game and Fish Commission and possible license revocation.
“It is important to remember this is not the act of a hunter,” Mocarski stated. “Poaching is a crime. It is important for anyone with information to come forward. There’s a lot of territory for an officer to cover and the eyes and ears of the public are critically important in bringing poachers to justice.”
Anyone with information regarding this case, or any wildlife violation, should call the OGT hotline at (800) 352-0700. Web submissions can be reported via the Internet by going to www.azgfd.gov/thief. Identities will remain confidential. Anyone calling should reference case number 14-000402