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Dead deer discovered near Killdeer

Wildlife officials are looking for the people responsible for killing four deer and leaving them to rot northwest of Killdeer last week, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Two mule and two whitetail deer were shot Friday night and the antlers were removed and the carcasses left. Hunters in the area discovered the deer, all in the same area, Saturday morning on private land.

"They were definitely good-sized adult animals that would have made somebody very happy to harvest," said NDGF District Game Warden Bill Schaller of Killdeer, adding there may be more poached deer out there.

Experience tells him it was more than one person who committed the act, he said.

The Report All Poachers program is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of

those involved.

Hunting violations are about average for the season, which opened Nov. 4, "but that could change either way as the season goes on," said Bob Timian, NDGF chief game warden, based in Bismarck.

The season and limits are put in place to regulate the harvest, promote sustainable use and provide equitable distribution of resources to residents, he said, adding "It's like anything, it's the law and you are supposed to obey the law."

"Wildlife -- the deer of North Dakota -- belong to the people of North Dakota," Timian said. "If enough of them are taken illegally, they could have impact on sustainability. We shot all of the buffalo -- game laws are in place to sustain."

Those with information on the incident, or any poaching incident, can call the RAP hotline at 800-472-2121 or contact Schaller at 701-290-0495. Callers may remain anonymous.