By Steven Thorvardson
A $1,250 reward for information that leads to an arrest in connection with the poaching of a pregnant mule deer doe found near the Coolidge Airport is being offered by Arizona's Game and Fish Department.
The doe was killed with two shots from a small caliber firearm between 4:30 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. Sunday on the southeast side of the airport.
The reward is part of the Arizona Game and Fish Department's program Operation Game Thief, which seeks to crack down on illegal animal poaching in the state.
Regional Supervisor Brad Fulk of Game and Fish in Tucson commented on the senseless killing saying, "Poachers are not hunters. They are thieves who steal wildlife from the citizens of Arizona. Killing a doe is always illegal in Arizona, and that this one was close to giving birth and was left to waste makes the case especially tragic."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Operation Game Thief at 800-352-0700, anonymously if need be, and reference OGT #13-001986.
Information may also be provided online at www.azgfd.gov.