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Five Pronghorn Poached, Game And Fish Seek Info

Pronghorn Antelope
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Another poaching incident northwest of Casper has Wyoming Game and Fish asking for help.

“Last week we had five pronghorn buck that were shot and abandoned. This was out near 33 mile road. These were four yearling bucks and one mature buck.”

Robin Kepple, with Casper Area Game and Fish office, says the poached animals were found along Natrona County Road 209 on Sept. 22. Game officials believe the animals were shot either September 21st or 22nd. The animals were found shot with several hundred yards between them. Kepple says whoever shot the animals used a high caliber rifle and may have been driving a short-wheel-based vehicle like a car or small pickup. Another deer poaching incident in the same area earlier this month, Kepple says,  led to two suspects being charged and now the department hopes the public can help again.

“We really rely on the public’s help. Game Wardens cover a large region and have a large area they’re responsible for. They can’t be everywhere. We need the public to be our eyes and we’re hoping that the public will step forward once again. If anyone knows anything about these five antelope that were shot, please let us know.”

Tips that lead to convictions can result in a reward or you have the option to remain anonymous.

Anyone with information on this or other wildlife violations can contact the Game and Fish Department through the Stop Poaching hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP.

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