Antelope Shot and Left to Rot on King Ranch West of Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Department of Game and Fish needs help finding the person or persons who illegally shot five antelope on Feb. 10 on the King Ranch close to the Zia Pueblo.

The antelope, two headless bucks and three does were found shot with a centerfire rifle and left in a pile to rot.

“It appears that someone cut the fence, drove onto the ranch, shot the antelope, and cut off the heads,” said Shawn Carrell, District Officer for the Albuquerque area. 

There was no legal hunt occurring during this time, so the intent by the individual or individuals responsible for this crime is still under investigation.  Those responsible for the killing of these antelope could face charges for criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, illegal killing and illegal possession.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Operation Game Thief at (800) 432-4263. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $350 reward.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

Man, this is weird.  I have

Man, this is weird.  I have heard of people just being idiots and shooting a bunch of animals, leaving them to rot.  And I have heard of people poaching for the heads, and also for the meat.  But, these people piled them up???? Shot does too?????? They did take the heads, but also shot 3 does????? Finally, they deliberately cut the fence, which seems pre-meditated.  Odd, very odd......