SHADY COVE, Ore. -- Officials have successfully treated and released two deer illegally shot with arrows in the Shady Cove area.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State Police tranquilized the deer, an adult doe and a yearling doe, and removed the arrows Wednesday, according to a press release from ODFW. The deer were in good health with no visible infection at the time of release.
“Pictures of these deer stuck with arrows have been circulating widely in the media and social media, and understandably, it’s upsetting to see. We are happy to say the arrows were removed and these deer have a very good chance of survival,” said Steve Niemela, Rogue District Wildlife Biologist.
Landowners in the area called ODFW and OSP last week to report the deer on their properties. Niemela said this is the second time in two years deer were illegally shot with arrows.
“This is not ethical hunting, it’s a twisted act of poaching,” said Zach Lycett, board member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunter’s Association. “True ethical hunters respect the animals they hunt and are grateful for the opportunities to hunt. We do not stand for these kinds of criminal acts.”
OSP Sergeant Jim Collom said OSP is investigating. Anyone with information should call 1-800-452-7888.
The reward for information leading to an arrest or citation is now $2,600, with contributions from Rogue Valley OHA, Ashland Archers and Dewclaw Archery adding on to the Oregon Hunter’s Association‘s standard $500 reward.