SHADY COVE — A reward offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for injuring two deer with arrows and leaving the projectiles in has jumped from $500 to $2,000.
The reward surged after a $1,500 donation from the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunter’s Association, according to Oregon State Police.
OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from Central Point responded to the Shady Cove area on Friday to investigate a report of a deer who had been shot with an arrow, which was still stuck in the animal.
Troopers and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene, hoping to tranquilize the animal and possibly remove the arrow, though officials could not locate the deer. The tranquilizer guns ODFW uses require users to get within about 30 yards of the deer to be effective, according to OSP Sgt. Kaipo Raiser.
“That’s kind of difficult (to do) with wild game like that,” Raiser said.
A trooper who responded later in the day found two deer — both does — with arrows sticking out of their bodies. According to photos provided by OSP, one animal had been shot through in an area of its body between the shoulder and the neck, while the other had been shot through the face near its eye, neither a spot a hunter would target if he intended to kill the animal quickly. The arrows found in the animals also would not have been used by hunters, Raiser said, adding they are likely arrows designed for target shooting.
“Those are not hunting type arrows,” he said. “A hunting arrow is generally a broad head. They’re really sharp and create quite a bit of damage.”
Troopers have not been able to locate them or a possible third injured deer reported to police since then.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Turn-in-Poachers — TIP — program at 1-800-452-7888, or by calling OSP dispatch at 541-776-6111.
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