Michigan DNR Seeking Info on Fawn Poaching Incident

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Law enforcement officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking information in a wildlife poaching incident which occurred earlier this month in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula.

Conservation Officer Elton Luce III was called to a location near the intersection of M-94 and County Road 545 in West Branch Township July 4 to investigate a fawn deer, which was found dead in a creek bed. Officer Luce interviewed a landowner in the area who said he had heard gunshots that morning between 7 and 8 a.m. that sounded like they were fired from a .22 caliber gun. The man said he walked his property later that day and found the fawn lying dead in the creek.

Luce said the young deer, which still had its spots, had been shot in the head with a .22 caliber weapon.

"It is quite obvious that the individual who shot this fawn has no respect for game animals, the sport of hunting or the laws that govern both," Luce said.

Anyone who has information pertaining to this investigation is asked to call the DNR's Report All Poaching hotline at (800) 292-7800. Information can be provided anonymously.