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Endangered Deer Killed

Posted on 31st October 2013 at 16:10

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for your help in finding out who killed an endangered Columbia River Whitetail Deer near Kalama. In a press release issued yesterday, Wildlife officials say that the dead deer was found earlier this month, and is believed to be one of about a dozen deer that were moved from the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge near Cathlamet to Cottonwood Island. USFS officials say that the dead deer was found on the mainland, and it’s believed to be the first time that one of these deer has been seen in the Kalama area. At this time, details on the size, gender and age of the deer is being withheld. Authorities say that the maximum penalty for shooting an endangered species is as much as $25,000 and up to five years in prison; it’s also noted that ignorance of the species is not a valid defense. A reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the incident is being offered, with the amount of the reward dependent on the type of information that’s provided. If you have information on the killing of this deer, call the Fish and Wildlife Service at 360-292-3500.