Nine Deer Poached

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A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing nine deer in the Dolores Triangle area, west of the Colorado border near Glade Park in southeastern Utah.

The deer were poached between Feb. 25 and March 3.

The deer carcasses were discovered along the Coates Creek Road, about 5 miles inside the Utah border. All nine deer, consisting of eight does and fawns and one buck, were shot and left to rot. Only the head and antlers of the buck were removed. All of the deer were apparently shot from the road.

"This is the most shocking case of senseless slaughter I've seen," said Vance Mumford, Moab district conservation officer for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Mumford at (435) 820-6015, Sergeant Edward Meyers at (435) 220-0526 or the DWR's Southeastern Region office at (435) 636-0270.

To report any wildlife violation in Utah, please call the Help Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-800-662-DEER. Wildlife violations in Colorado can be reported by calling Operation Game Thief at 1-800-332-4155. You may also report poaching violations online.

Information provided is held in strict confidentiality. Callers may remain anonymous, but are encouraged to provide enough detail about incidents to substantiate their claims.