Investigators need help catching antelope poacher

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating an out-of-season poaching of a buck antelope, which took place at approximately 5 p.m. Nov. 1 in Game Management Unit 7 West northwest of Flagstaff.

Game and Fish officers received information that a burgundy-red, four-door Jeep Wrangler was seen leaving the area following a single shot from a high-caliber rifle and evidence at the scene indicates there may be another vehicle involved. The buck was found near Forest Service Road 222B and Pipeline Road off Highway 180, approximately 8 miles northwest of Flagstaff. The poaching was reported by hunters in an effort to help the department to catch the suspected poacher(s).

Anyone with information about the case can call the Department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline toll-free at (800) 352-0700 or use the online form at www.azgfd.gov/thief. Callers should provide case number 15-003570.

Callers may remain confidential upon request. A reward of up to $750 is being offered in this case for information leading to the arrest of the violator(s). To learn more about Operation Game Thief, visit www.azgfd.gov/thief.

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