Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Reward Offered in Deer Poaching at Park in Georgia

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a whitetail deer near Fargo, Ga. The offer adds to an existing reward from Turn in Poachers, Inc.

The Case:

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, a buck deer was illegally killed in Stephen Foster State Park sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 15. The buck had been observed in the area a few days before. The poachers removed the deer’s antlers and left the rest of the animal’s body behind.

“The individuals or individuals responsible for this callous poaching deserve to be brought to justice for their crime, and we implore anyone with information about this incident to come forward,” said Cheryl McAuliffe, Georgia state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Georgia DNR for their tireless efforts to find those responsible.”

The individual or individuals responsible could face charges including hunting illegally in a state park, a crime punishable with fines up to $1,000.

Poaching:

Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals are caught by law enforcement.
Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.
The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call RFC Jason Shipes via the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hot line at 1-800-241-4113 or Georgia DNR Region 6 Law Enforcement office at 912-685-2145. Callers may remain anonymous.

Turn in Poachers (TIP) Inc., is a conservation organization whose purpose is to serve as a poaching deterrent.  TIP is a partnership of private sportsmen/women, concerned citizens and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division working to foster conservation. Easy access to DNR's Wildlife Resources Division through a 24-hour toll free "TIP hotline" (1-800-241-4113) helps citizens report wildlife related crimes. TIP provides funds in the form of rewards ($100 or more for information that leads to the arrest of the violator) to fight poaching.  TIP is not anti-hunting, it is anti-poaching and supports conservation through encouraging the public to get involved and report poachers.  Visit georgiawildlife.com/node/452 for more information.


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