CASPER, Wyo. — Officials are seeking information on the case of a buck mule deer which was apparently poached inside of a Boise, Idaho park.
“Fish and Game conservation officer Joey Ishida responded to a report of the apparent poaching and found a large pool of blood next to the tennis courts in East Boise’s Baggley Park, just off Parkcenter Boulevard,” Idaho Fish and Game Regional Communication Manager Evin Oneale said on Friday, Dec. 13. “A drag trail led northeast out of the park and terminated in a cul-de-sac at the end of South Crosscreek Lane.”
“Based on this evidence, Ishida believes that the deer was poached between 1:00am and 3:00am Tuesday morning, dragged across the park to the cul-de-sac and loaded into a vehicle.”
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Idaho Fish and Game believe the buck may have been familiar to residents of the neighborhood.
“It appears that the deer, possibly a large buck well-known by neighbors, was hit with an arrow in the common area, bolted across Parkcenter Boulevard and died a short distance into Baggley Park,” Ishida said.
Fish and Game obtained security camera footage showing a darker colored Jeep Wrangler with a brush guard “cruising through all those neighborhoods around 2:05 am,” Oneale adds.
“I’d ask that persons living on South Crosswater Lane, East Woodvine Court, East Monterey Drive and South Mariner Way review their security camera footage and report anything suspicious during the early morning hours of December 10,” Ishida said.
Fish and Game is asking for anyone with information to share what they may know.
“Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous,” Oneale says. “Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.”
“In addition to the CAP hotline, persons with information regarding this case may also contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays and Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends.”