BOWIE — In cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the National Park Service is seeking information in the investigation of the illegal killing of a mule deer at Fort Bowie National Historic Site in November.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013, at approximately 2:30 p.m., two park visitors spotted an unidentified male dragging a gutted mule deer buck down the trail at Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The man told the other visitors that he had shot the deer. At the trailhead parking lot on Apache Pass Road, the suspect loaded the deer into the back of a red, full-size pickup truck with a silver tool box in the back. He then left the parking lot and headed toward the Town of Bowie.
The visitors reported the crime to park rangers, who investigated the area and found evidence that the deer was shot within the boundaries of Fort Bowie National Historic Site. As a unit of the National Park Service, it is illegal to hunt within the site. Although most of the boundary is well marked, park rangers remind hunters that it is their responsibility to ensure he or she does not hunt within a closed area.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Arizona Game and Fish Department Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700. This toll-free hotline is available 24 hours a day to report wildlife violations. The case number to reference for the poaching at Fort Bowie National Historic Site is 14-00076. Callers can remain anonymous and their confidentiality is protected. Cash rewards of up to $8,000 are available to anyone providing information that leads to an arrest. Information on this crime or other hunting violations may also be reported online at www.azgfd.gov/ogt.