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Reward offered for information on deer killed near lower Salt River


NORTH VALLEY –  The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the recent waste of a mule deer buck about a half-mile west of Usery Pass Road near the Salt River and Usery Mountain Park, northeast of Mesa.

On Jan. 1, the department received information about a deer that appeared to have been killed with a bow and arrow and the meat left to waste. It is illegal and unethical to waste deer meat in Arizona. Since the carcass was found near a popular hiking and mountain biking trail, it is possible that someone saw the suspect leaving the area carrying the deer’s head and antlers.
“We’re hoping someone saw or heard something suspicious or noticed a post on social media that may help us solve this senseless crime,” said Amy Burnett, AZGFD spokesperson.

“Evidence was collected at the scene, but help from the public will play a critical role in finding those responsible,” said Brian Aragon, AZGFD Wildlife Manager.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline at (800) 352-0700, or visit, and refer to Case #16-000003. Callers may be eligible for a reward up to $750 in this case. Callers can remain confidential upon request. Money for rewards comes from criminal poaching fines, civil restitution by violators who commit wildlife crimes, and donations.