QUEEN VALLEY — Arizona Game and Fish Department officers received an anonymous tip on Jan. 25 about a mule deer doe that had been illegally killed in Pinal County in the Superstition Mountains.
It was reported that the deer’s tenderloins had been removed, and the remainder of the carcass was left to waste. The doe likely was killed the night of Jan. 24 or in the early morning of Jan. 25.
The doe was killed in Game Management Unit 24B close to the shoulder of Hewitt Canyon Road (Forest Road 172), a popular and well-trafficked recreation area north of U.S. 60. AZGFD is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
“If you saw anything suspicious or a post on social media around these dates that may help us solve this case, we want to talk to you,” said Will Hull, wildlife manager in the department’s regional office in Mesa. “Poachers are not hunters. They are thieves stealing wildlife from the citizens of Arizona. Please call our Operation Game Thief Hotline. Your information could help catch a criminal.”
Arizona hunters and backcountry recreationists are often the best sources of leads for catching wildlife violators. If you have any information about this incident, contact the department’s Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-352-0700 or by visiting https://www.azgfd.com/ogt/. Reference case #22-000160.
The department may pay cash rewards to individuals whose reports lead to the arrest of poachers and other criminals in Arizona. Under law, callers may remain anonymous if requested and their confidentiality is protected. Money for rewards comes from criminal poaching fines, civil restitution by violators who commit wildlife crimes and donations.