The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public's help in finding a poacher that killed a large mule deer buck on the evening of June 13 or 14. The poaching occurred near Whitehorse Lake along Forest Road 110, southeast of Williams.
The deer had large antlers, and it was shot and left along the road to waste.
"This is a blatant example of poachers' disrespect for wildlife, and the laws and seasons that are established to protect our wildlife resources," said Larry Phoenix, Game and Fish field supervisor. "With the public's help, we can catch the poacher. If you were in the area recently, please think back about anything you might have seen or heard, or any conversations you might have had. Maybe someone doesn't realize he or she has the key to solving this case."
Wildlife resources are owned by the residents of Arizona, and poaching of wildlife is considered a major loss.
Anyone with information about this poaching incident can call the department's Operation Game Thief hotline toll free at (800) 352-0700. Callers may be eligible for a reward up to $250 in this case. All calls may remain confidential upon request.