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Update: Reward Increased - OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Asking For Public's Help in Investigation of Fawn Deer Shootiung in Douglas County

April 22, 2014

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division continues to ask for the public's help for information to identify the suspect(s) involved in the late March shooting of a fawn deer in Douglas County. A reward was increased after The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) offered up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible in this case. The reward adds to the original offer of up to $500 by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) Reward Program.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m., unknown suspect(s) drove near the 1600 block of Melqua Road about 1.5 miles east of Melrose Store, shot a fawn deer and left it in a ditch along the side of the road. An OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper responded and is conducting an investigation.

The reward is now up to $5,500, offered by the Oregon Hunters Association TIP Reward Program and HSUS and HSWLT for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Turn-in-Poacher TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or Senior Trooper Don Frerichs at (541) 440-3334 ext 4540 or email don.frerichs@state.or.us. More information about the Turn-In-Poachers Program is available at

"Shooting a defenseless fawn and dumping it in a ditch to rot is cruel and unacceptable," said Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS. "The person who illegally shot this baby deer needs to be held accountable for his or her action. We applaud the Oregon State Police for their tireless work to investigate this shooting."

The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.

Questions regarding the increased reward off from The Humane Society of the United States should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at (301) 721-6463 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

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