Suspected poachers caught from Web tip

KINGMAN - The Arizona Game and Fish Department has cited two individuals for illegally killing a mule deer doe in October.

The doe, killed with a single shot to the neck and left to waste, was poached on Oct. 25 in Game Management Unit 18A just south of Seligman. A reward of up to $1,000 was quickly posted, and one individual can potentially collect the entire amount.

The department's Operation Game Thief program posted a reward of up to $500 upon arrest, and the Mule Deer Foundation matched that amount, pending conviction.

The reporting party used the OGT Web submission option instead of calling OGT.

"Many people are familiar with the OGT telephone hotline, but not many know about the Web submission option," said Jes Antolik, investigator with the Game and Fish Kingman office. "This option provides yet another avenue for people to help us solve poaching cases such as this."

Game and Fish officers responded to the scene and collected evidence and interviewed two suspects.

Mario Avalos, 58, from Winslow pleaded guilty to taking of wrong sex, unlawful possession of big-game animal and waste of game meat. His fines totaled $1,200.

The case against Hugh Campbell, 22, from Seligman is pending. He has been cited for waste of game meat, taking of wrong sex and unlawful possession of a big-game animal.

Both men face potential civil sanctions from the Game and Fish Commission of no less than $1,500 and the potential to lose hunting and fishing privileges for up to five years.