Game Officials Report Poaching

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the wanton destruction of three mule deer bucks in northwest Sheridan County.

The mule deer were killed on the Sheeley Ranch about five miles north of Dayton sometime late Monday September 15, or early Tuesday September 16, 2014. Sheridan Game Warden Bruce Scigliano investigated the first two deer on September 16, while Dayton Game Warden Dustin Shorma investigated the third deer found on September 20. Shorma said “The three adult male mule deer were shot and only the heads removed; no meat was taken from any of the animals. Judging from the body size of these three deer, they were large bucks.”

Game Warden Shorma says the poaching incident is disturbing, “The individual or persons responsible for the senseless death of these animals trespassed on private property, drove all over the place, including hayfields, while pursuing the deer.” Shorma continued, “They obviously have no respect for the wildlife resource or the landowners in northwest Sheridan County. Hopefully, someone will come forward with information that will lead to the apprehension and conviction of the person(s) responsible.”

A cash reward is available for those who provide evidence that leads to the arrest and conviction of any person who violates Wyoming statute 23-3-107(a), wantonly taking or destroying a big or trophy game animal.

If anyone has information regarding this poaching incident, please contact Dayton Game Warden Dustin Shorma at 307-655-9495 or Sheridan Game Warden Bruce Scigliano at 307-672-2790, the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847) or the Sheridan Regional Office at 307-672-7418. Callers may remain anonymous.

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