The reward has been increased, but at least officials were able to safely remove arrows from two of the deer.
Last week, we first reported on the Oregon State Police investigating some deer shot with arrows in Shady Cove, Oregon.
There's both good news and bad news. The good news is Oklahoma Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were able to successfully tranquilize and remove arrows from an adult doe and a yearling doe. Officials believe their odds of survival are good.
The bad news is officials still don't know who is responsible. The original $2,000 reward for leads has now been increased to $2,600 thanks to additional contributions from Ashland Archers and Dewclaw Archery.
"This is not ethical hunting, it's a twisted act of poaching," said Zach Lycett, board member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association in a press release. "True ethical hunters respect the animals they hunt and are grateful for the opportunities to hunt. We do not stand for these kinds of criminal acts."
Photos of the deer stuck with arrows went wildly viral shortly after the incident.
Arrow-shot deer successfully treated and releasedODFW wildlife biologists and Oregon State Police fish and wildlife officers worked together to track and tranquilize the deer, remove the arrows and treat the wounds. The deer, an adult doe and a yearling doe, were successfully released in good health with no visible infection. “Pictures of these deer stuck with arrows have been circulating widely in the media and social media, and understandably, it’s upsetting to see. We are happy to say the arrows were removed and these deer have a very good chance of survival,” said Steve Niemela, Rogue District Wildlife Biologist.Last week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State police began receiving calls from landowners in Shady Cove who saw these deer on their properties. Niemela said this is the second time in two years deer were illegally shot with arrows.“This is not ethical hunting, it’s a twisted act of poaching,” said Zach Lycett, board member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunter’s Association. “True ethical hunters respect the animals they hunt and are grateful for the opportunities to hunt. We do not stand for these kinds of criminal acts.”OSP Sergeant Jim Collom said OSP is investigating and encourages anyone with information to call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888. The Rogue Valley OHA contributed $1,500, Ashland Archers contributed $100 and Dewclaw Archery contributed $500 to add on to the Oregon Hunter’s Association’s standard $500 reward for information leading to an arrest or citation of the person(s) responsible. The total reward now is $2,600.
Posted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on Thursday, May 3, 2018
Once again, police are encouraging anyone with information to call the Oregon Turn-in-Poachers hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111. Callers have the option to remain anonymous.