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Idaho Back Roads: Reward offered in Emmett poaching case

Two mule deer bucks found dead
Posted at 1:03 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 15:09:34-05

EMMETT, IDAHO — Citizens Against Poaching is offering a reward for information on a poaching case near Emmett.

Officers say a landowner reported finding two dead mule deer bucks near his property around 3:30 am on Monday February 11. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Brian Marek spoke with the landowner who said he saw a vehicle (possibly a mid-sized SUV) speeding away before discovering the dead deer.

The landowner called Fish and Game who responded and verified that the two deer were not road kills, but had been shot.

“Deer herds in this area are still recovering from the 2017 winter,” said Officer Marek. “Spotlighting deer during closed season only further hampers that recovery.”

Marek found some evidence at the scene but 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 case,” said Marek.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

In addition to the CAP hotline, anyone 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.

Photo credit: Craig Mickelson, IDFG.