Rewards offered in deer poaching, Oatman burglary cases

KINGMAN - The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information that could help lead to the arrest of the individuals responsible for the recent poaching of a mule deer near Kingman.

The incident occurred on or around May 27 southwest of Bull Mountain, just west of Stockton Hill Road. The carcass was left to waste.

"This is not the act of sportsmen," said Michael Rice, wildlife manager in Region III.

"This is a blatant example of poachers' disrespect for wildlife and the laws that ensure our wildlife resources are available for future generations to enjoy."

The mule deer was a mature doe and Game and Fish biologists consider this to be a major loss to the residents of Arizona.

"We need help from the public in catching this poacher," Rice said.

"If anyone saw or heard anything related to this criminal act, we need to know. A person might have bragged about the crime during a conversation. Any information, no matter how trivial, might help us in the investigation."

Erin Riddering, game specialist in the Kingman office, said the loss of a doe in the Cerbat Mountains should be of concern to all the residents in the area because drought, predation and habitat loss have diminished overall population numbers.

"A doe can have offspring until their death," Riddering said.

"There's no telling how many generations of deer were impacted by this single criminal act."

To report information on this or any Game and Fish violation, call the department's Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700.

Caller identities will remain confidential upon request and callers may be eligible to receive a reward of at least $250 upon the arrest of the violator.

Information also can be given directly to the Kingman Game and Fish office or by calling the office at (928) 692-7700.

Oatman burglary

Mohave County Sheriff's Office is offering a $750 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties involved in a burglary at the Oatman Fire Station sometime between the evening of May 31and late afternoon on June 2.

That reward is on top of $250 being offered by Oatman Fire Department and another $500 from Mohave Silent Witness.

A window was damaged and three doors will have to be replaced.

The suspect or suspects took three Compaq computers; a 17-inch, flat-screen monitor; two multi-media projectors; three hand-held radios and a red canvas gear bag.

The value of damaged and stolen items came to about $3,000.

Anyone with any information should call Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780.

Oatman Fire Department is offering $250, while Mohave Silent Witness is offering up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the burglary, theft and criminal damage.