The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says its anti-poaching program will be getting donations from two men who have been sentenced for the unlawful killing of deer.Both men have been ordered to make $1,000 donations to the Operation Game Thief program.
In the first case, authorities say 25-year-old Jose Chavez of Moriarty was convicted of poaching a trophy mule deer during the most recent bow season. He also admitted to trespassing on private land in Torrance County.
Chavez was sentenced to 364 days of unsupervised probation, and he could face civil penalties.
In the other case, Diego Morales of La Jara was convicted of his third poaching offense and was ordered to serve 364 days in jail in addition to making the donation. He also faces civil penalties.