CASPER, Wyo. — Four mule deer have been reported poached near Teton Dam in eastern Idaho.

The deer were “shot and left to waste…between Dec. 24 and 28,” Idaho Fish and Game Regional Communications Manager James Brower wrote.

“‘These deer had no fear of humans,’ says Conservation Officer Charlie Anderson. ‘You could drive right past them, within yards, and not even spook them.'”

Idaho Fish and Game asks anyone with any knowledge of the crime to share that information.

“‘If anyone knows anything about these deer being shot, or witnessed anything suspicious in the area during this time, we would really like to hear from you,’ says Anderson.”

People with information should:

  • Call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at 1-800-632-5999
  • Make a report online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/poacher
  • Contact the Upper Snake Regional Office 208-360-2854

“During its 35 year history, CAP has been an important link to catching poachers,” Idaho Fish and Game adds. “Each year, CAP receives an average of 600 calls from the public, which results in 150 citations issued and $20,000 paid in rewards”

“People can remain anonymous when reporting poaching activities and are eligible for cash rewards when that information leads to a citation for a wildlife crime. The CAP reward for most big game animals is $300.”

“Those who report a wildlife violation are encouraged to note as complete a description as possible of people and vehicles involved, as well as report it as quickly as possible.”