Arizona Game and Fish Department seeks information on killing of pregnant mule deer

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a $500 reward for information about the possible poaching of a pregnant mule deer on July 10. 

Maricopa County deputies were called to the Butcher Jones Recreation Area of Saguaro Lake late in the evening after reports of shots fired. They found the dead mule deer in a wash north of the recreation area.

Game and Fish Wildlife Manager Laura Orscheln says the loss of the deer is significant because the doe was almost to full term.

"We hope the public will come forward with information regarding this incident. Losing a pregnant doe that was nearly full term equates to the loss of two deer from the population, not just one. It is a loss to wildlife enthusiasts across Arizona," Orscheln said.

Those with information should call the Department's Operation Game Thief Hotline toll-free at 1-800-352-0700 or use the form online. The case number, for reference, is 17-002615. Callers will be confidential and may choose to remain anonymous as well. 

The Department's Operation Game Thief pays cash rewards every year to individuals who report Arizona wildlife crimes. The money comes from donations, fines on criminal poaching, and civil restitution by violators who commit wildlife crimes.

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