SUBLETTE COUNTY– The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking any information regarding a mule deer buck that was illegally shot on or around Dec. 15.
South Pinedale Game Warden Jordan Kraft said the headless mule deer carcass was found in a culvert along Hennick Draw south of Pinedale on Dec. 26 by a concerned member of the public.
Officials believe the poaching could be related to a report of spotlighting in the area around the same time. Kraft said Game and Fish received a report of potential spotlighting activity on the Pinedale Mesa in mid-December. He said wardens investigated the report and patrolled the area but did not locate any illegally harvested wildlife or identify any suspects.
Kraft said to the best of his knowledge this was the first mule deer winter range poaching incident this season in the Pinedale area. In October, Game and Fish launched an investigation into a cow moose illegally shot and left to waste off Union Pass Road between Pinedale and Dubois. According to a release at the time, campers found the carcass on the north end of Buffalo Meadows in Bridger Teton National Forest, just yards away from the road.
Anyone with possible information regarding the poaching of a mule deer south of Pinedale, or information about who was in the area and may have noted suspicious vehicles or activities, is encouraged to call the Pinedale Game and Fish office at 1-800-452-9107, the Stop Poaching hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). People can also contact Kraft at 307-367-2470.
Any information leading to the arrest and conviction may result in a reward of up to $5,000.