Officers rely on public tips to close headless deer case

Officers rely on public tips to close headless deer case

Credit: Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Washington State Wildlife officers have recovered all ten trophy quality heads taken by poachers in the fall of 2012.

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 5:38 PM

OKANOGAN COUNTY -- Tips from the public helped Washington State Wildlife officers zero in suspects in a deer killing spree in Okanogan County.

The investigation began late last fall when officers investigated reports of deer carcasses in field. They found the bodies of ten mule deer, the heads had been taken and the rest of the deer left to rot.

Officers from several agencies started working the case and serving search warrants. During the last month they say they have recovered all ten trophy quality heads. Charges are pending.

Investigators said it appears the poachers shot the deer at night by luring them in with artificial light.

 

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