Mule deer trophies recovered during search of Flagstaff home

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Loren McReynolds found in violation of unlawful hunting in northern Arizona. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) Loren McReynolds found in violation of unlawful hunting in northern Arizona. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Trophies from five mule deer have been recovered during a served search warrant in Flagstaff.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted a multi-year investigation into the hunting activities of Flagstaff resident Loren McReynolds.

Law enforcement suspects the trophies were unlawfully taken, including the antlers of a well-known trophy buck that used to live in Grand Canyon National Park.

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McReynolds has an alleged history of wildlife violations, including his arrest in January 2017 for killing federally protected burros near Williams, Ariz.

“We have been working on this case for several years and all of the hard work finally paid off with the service of this search warrant,” said Gene Elms, Law Enforcement Branch chief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “The department has received many complaints about McReynolds’ hunting activities over the years. Thanks to those individuals who came forward and the diligence of our investigators, we have the evidence to pursue criminal charges for McReynolds’ actions.”

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The violations could result in jail time if McReynolds is convicted. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is pursuing civil restitution for the loss of wildlife to the state, as well as suspending or revoking the hunting privileges of McReynolds.

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