Investigators seek suspect in northern Arizona deer poaching

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking the public for help identifying a deer poacher.

In late December, officials reportedly found a deer carcass with a bullet wound in the neck and the antlers removed about 10 miles south of Williams in the Kaibab National Forest. The mule deer buck was found off Forest Service Road 354, about one mile from Perkinsville Highway.

"It's probable that the deer was shot from the road," Wildlife Manager Mike Rice said in a statement. "This was a blatant violation of laws in place to protect Arizona's wildlife."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 800-352-0700 or use the online form at www.azgfd.gov/thief. Refer to case no. 14-003912. A reward of $250 may be available.

"Poaching is not hunting; it's stealing from Arizona's valuable wildlife resources," Rice said. "Without help from the public, we have little information or evidence to go on."