So far two mule deer have died and three others injured by someone shooting them with a blowgun. As of right now, there are no leads, but a $1000 reward is being offered for information that leads to those responsible.
According to KTVZ Channel 21 News, over the last four months, two mule deer have died and at least three others were injured after being struck with blowgun darts in Burns, Oregon. The latest incident involved a doe in failing health with a dart stuck in her side. Wildlife Officers determined that she was too far gone and were forced to put her down. Last November offices discovered the body of a yearling with a dart in it as well as three other deer that they were able to sedate and remove the darts.
The Oregon Hunters Association is offering $1,000 in reward money for information leading to a citation.
While blowguns are effective at killing small game, they are not an effective weapon for large game and are illegal for hunting deer in Oregon.
ODFW biologist Rod Klus was disgusted by the injuries calling it extremely cruel.
“Either the wound will lead to an infection, or if the stomach or intestines are punctured, the deer will die. But it will take a while, and it will be painful,” he said. “It takes a deer anywhere from days to weeks to die from infection.”
The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards for calls to the Turn In Poachers (TIP) Line that lead to a citation. Because of the nature of this crime, OHA considers the doe that was euthanized to be in the same category as the fawn that was killed outright. In this case, the payout now stands at $500 for each animal, totaling $1,000.
Hopefully, law enforcement officers can get to the bottom of this and find whoever is responsible and charge them to the fullest degree the law allows.