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Fish and Game looks for poacher

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants your help in finding the person responsible for the shooting and wasting of a young mule deer buck found in Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

A hunter found the buck Tuesday next to McCoy Creek Road near the York Creek drainage.

The antlered deer had been shot by a rifle in the left hind quarter and once in the neck. None of the meat was salvageable.

Fish and Game said although a controlled hunt season for moose is open in the area, there are no deer or elk rifle hunts open at this time, only archery hunts.

"This situation unfortunately highlights a number of ethical and legal lapses in judgment. … The person involved in this incident clearly violated a number of laws and is not worthy of the title of hunter; they are a poacher, plain and simple," the department said in a news release.

If you have any information about this, call Fish and Game's regional office at (208) 525-7290 or the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline (800) 632-5999. CAP callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards.

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