Deer, elk illegally killed; carcasses left to rot in Otero County
January 04, 2018 06:17 PM
OTERO COUNTY, N.M. – Shocking cases of poaching in Otero County has the Department of Game and Fish investigating.
Department officials say multiple deer and elk were killed and their bodies left to rot.
The first case was Dec. 26 when a tip led the department to an area near Calico Peak where a conservation officer discovered a mule deer buck that had been shot and killed. The buck’s head was removed, the meat left to waste.
A bull elk carcass was also found in the same area. The bull elk had an arrow in its neck and both antlers were broken off, again the meat left to waste. A necropsy was performed and an officer found that the bull died from injuries consistent with a firearm.
The next day, Dec. 27, a department officer responded to an area, on City of Alamogordo property, near Apple Valley Road and High Rolls where they discovered three elk killed and their carcasses left to rot.
Dec. 28 a mule deer buck carcass was discovered in Upper Dry Canyon near Cloudcroft. The deer was shot and killed with its head removed and meat left to waste.
In all of these cases, there were not ongoing hunting seasons at the time. The Department of Game and Fish says the unlawful killings and waster of game are fourth-degree felonies.
Anyone with information leading to charges being filed on those responsible is encouraged to contact Officer Corey Smith at 505-470-6991 or file a report online here.
Updated: January 04, 2018 06:17 PM
Created: January 04, 2018 11:24 AM
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