The Maine Warden Service is looking for assistance from the public in solving a serious poaching incident in the town of Ripley. Sometime during the nights of either Friday October 5 or Saturday October 6, a person or group of people night hunted and killed four deer on the Lane Road in Ripley. Maine Warden Service was notified Monday morning October 8 and started an immediate investigation. The investigation has determined the following:

Two does and a lamb were night hunted, shot, and left in a field. Wardens determined another deer was night hunted shot and taken. All the deer appear to have been shot the same night. Wardens then found nearby parts of a boned out deer they believe was from the deer that was taken.

Maine Operation Game Thief (OGT) Board of Directors has authorized a $3,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or person’s responsible for the illegal killing of these deer.

Maine Game Wardens need the public and sporting community to assist in stopping criminal hunting activity this time of year. Some examples of criminal hunting activity that wardens need assistance from you are hearing shots at night in areas known to be inhabited by wildlife, spotlighting [or illuminating fields], illegal tree stand or blinds on landowners property, baited areas, illegal killing of wildlife by night hunting, or exceeding the bag limit.

Maine Game Wardens would also like to remind people that to ensure a game warden response to criminal hunting activity please call Operation Game Thief at 1-800- 253-7887 (1-800- ALERTUS) or on the web go to www.maineogt.org. You can also report by filling out the Tip Reporting Form on line. Either way, the information will remain anonymous. A reward is also possible if the complainant so chooses.

If you have information that can lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the night hunting of the four deer in Ripley and want to collect a $3,000 dollar reward, please call Maine Operation Game Thief at 1-800- 253-7887 (1-800- ALERTUS) or on the web go to www.maineogt.org and remember, you can report by filling out the Tip Reporting Form on line. Be a Sport and Report.

Image courtesy Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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