Fish and Game finds poached deer near Melba

Posted at 3:45 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 17:45:43-04

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for poaching a large mule deer buck. The poaching likely occurred this past weekend, officials said. 

Responding to a tip, Fish and Game Conservation Officer Joey Ishida found the carcass along Halverson Road, near Melba. The animal’s head had been removed. Evidence collected at the scene suggests that the deer was poached at another location and later dumped along Halverson Road. No meat was removed from the carcass, Fish and Game officials said. 

Ishida hopes to learn more about the case from an eyewitness or others who have knowledge of the poaching incident. “I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this poached deer,” Ishida noted. 

Citizens Against Poaching is offering a reward. Callers can remain anonymous. If you have information, you can contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty-four hours a day.

In addition to the CAP hotline, persons with information regarding this case may also contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays -- and Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends.