NDOW seeks help after killing and waste of trophy mule deer

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ROSE VALLEY, Nev. (KOLO) - Game wardens with the Nevada Department of Wildlife say another mule deer has been killed and left to waste in southern Nevada, taking the total to nine in 2016. This time a mule deer was killed at the foothills east of Rose Valley in area 231 November 28. The head of the animal was partially removed but was left at the scene.

Game wardens do not believe this incident is related to the discovery of eight mule deer found killed in September in southern Nevada.

“We’ve had far too many animals left to rot this year,” said Tyler Turnipseed, chief game warden with NDOW. “As with the last case, we’ve found no leads to the shooter, and we need the public’s help if we’re going to put a stop to this senseless waste. This is a big, beautiful buck that any legal hunter would be proud to tag during a legal season.”

The killing of the animal and subsequent waste are two separate crimes. This crime also carries higher civil penalties because this is a considered a trophy mule deer. Big game poaching in Nevada is a felony.

Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a $1,000 reward to help catch the shooter or shooters responsible.

To report wildlife crime, sportsmen and members of the public can call OGT at (800) 992-3030. Follow Turnipseed on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on investigations @Chief_GW_NV.