NAZ Today reporter Xavier Rangel talks with an Arizona Game and Fish representative on how poaching is effecting Northern Arizona.
After a poaching incident occurred earlier this month with a year old Pronghorn Antelope, Game and Fish are offering a cash reward of up to $750 for any information leading to an arrest.
For every legal successful hunt there is a poached animal. Poaching is not restricted to only big game and trophy animals. Shelly Shepard from Arizona Game and Fish says poaching effects all wildlife. People are taking resources from law-abiding locals and visitors.
Game officials are taking measures to ensure poaching stops with check points in hunting areas and even a decoy program. The decoy program is used to see if people will shoot from the road, after hunting hours, or at animals out of season.
Fines for poaching can range from $800 to $1000 per animal. Although it will take a community effort to end poaching, Game and Fish urges the public not to approach poachers. Any one with information on poaching is asked to contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700. Video.