Up to $5,000 in rewards is being offered for a tip that leads to the conviction of the culprits in the latest spree poaching case in Eastern Washington.
Five white-tailed deer, including two bucks and three does, were discovered in the Grand Coulee area of Lincoln County on Saturday with only the backstrap and hindquarters removed. The deer were shot and left to rot just a few feet from each other, and appeared to be fresh kills.
This is the sixth multiple-deer poaching incident documented in Eastern Washington this winter, including two incidents in Spokane County.
Call the state Poaching Hotline, (877) 933-9847.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled three public meetings in northeast Washington this month to discuss wolf-livestock conflict management.
The meetings will run from 6 to 8 p.m. as follows:
• Feb. 26 at the Cusick Community Center, 107 1st Ave.
• Feb. 27 at the Colville Ag Trade Center, 317 West Astor Ave.
• Feb. 28 at the Okanogan Public Utilities District, 1331 2nd Ave. N.
Livestock owners will have a chance to talk directly with wildlife managers about wolves and their impacts on ranching operations, and the assistance the state can provide them.
Sixteen livestock producers have signed cooperative cost-share agreements to date, Simek said.