By Melea VanOstrand
Poaching is becoming a problem in northeast Wyoming
Over the past three weeks, over nine animals have been illegally killed in Sheridan and Johnson Counties.
Just last week in Sheridan County, three animals were poached someone shot a white-tailed doe was shot near Beckton Road. Two buck mule deer were also shot, one was at the Sheridan County Sportsmen's Club and the other was near Clearmont.
Other animals that were poached in nearby counties include two moose, elk and three mule deer.
Wyoming Game and Fish says they take poaching very seriously and there are harsh consequences for people who break the law.
“The violator could face a penalty of up to $10,000 fine, a year in jail, and a loss of license privileges. They can also face the forfeiting the equipment used in the crime,” said Wyoming Game and Fish Information Officer Jeff Obrecht.
The state game department is offering a cash reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers. If you have any tips contact the STOP Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP or 1-877-943-3847.