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.