The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (F&G) is seeking information regarding cases of wasted and poached game in southeast Idaho.
Recently five rooster pheasants were discovered in the dumpster located behind Kelly’s Exxon in Preston. It is thought that the game birds were disposed of around Oct. 30 or 31.
A small mule deer buck was also discovered in the Preston area, shot and left to waste in a CRP field located slightly northwest of Foster Reservoir. Fish and Game believes that the incident likely took place in mid-October during the first week of the buck deer hunt.
On Oct. 31, Fish and Game officers found evidence that a deer had been poached in the Soda Springs area. In mid-October a cow elk and a 1 X 2 bull elk were shot and left to waste in cultivated fields on a private property in the Garden Creek area, just south of Pocatello and west of Arimo. Around Oct. 29, a 2 X 2 mule deer buck was shot and removed from the Fish Haven area in Bear Lake County.
Also in Bear Lake County, a 4 X 3 mule deer buck was shot and left in a field near Jacob’s Canyon near St. Charles. The deer was probably shot during the night sometime around Oct. 29 or 30.
Any person with information related to any of these crimes is encouraged to contact the conservation officers conducting the investigations. In Preston, contact Officer Korey Owens at 208-251-1923.
Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Those with information about wildlife crimes that leads to an arrest may be eligible for rewards through CAP.
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