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Officials Find Illegally Shot Deer, Remove Arrows; Perpetrator(s) Still At-Large

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Earlier this week, we reported on several deer found illegally shot with arrows in the Shady Cove area of southwest Oregon.

The animals were spotted walking around with arrows stuck in their bodies, including one with an arrow through its head.

Officials are pleased to report that the deer have since been found as of Wednesday afternoon. The arrows were removed, the wounds treated, and both deer – an adult and yearling doe – have been released in good health.

Credit Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
A wildlife officer treats a doe that was shot with an arrow. The removed arrow can be seen to the right of the tranquilized animal.

Dan Ethridge of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says there’s still a reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

“First of all, they’re inside city limits," says Ethridge. "There’s no hunting season for deer.  (The) arrow had field point tips on them, not a broadhead. So this is a sign of a poaching type of scenario.”

Ethridge says only two deer were shot. Earlier reports suggested up to three may have been wounded.

Regional hunting and archery groups have contributed reward money, bringing it currently to $2600.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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