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MISS. AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE SLAUGHTER OF DEER BY POACHERS

Posted on Wed, Mar. 09, 2005

Associated Press

CLEVELAND, Miss. - Three hunting clubs have offered a $2,000 reward to help track down those responsible for slaughtering nine deer found stacked near the Mississippi River south of Beulah.

State wildlife officers said out-of-season slaughter was the work of poachers. Only the prized tenderloin and back straps were taken from the deer.

Lee Ellington, a conservation officer with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, said not only was the act "unlawful, but it was immoral."

"It's immoral to be so wasteful with this game," Ellington said. "We're not going to tolerate this."

Because the poaching occurred on their adjoining properties, members of the Merigold Hunting Club, Catfish Point Hunting Club and the Caulk Island Hunting Club offered the reward.

Ellington said these deer had been "headlighted," which is when poachers hunt at night using car headlights or a spotlight to temporarily blind deer.

Headlighting, which is illegal, can carry a minimum fine of $2,000 to maximum of $5,000. It also carries a three-year hunting license revocation and a five-day mandatory jail sentence.

Information from: Bolivar Commercia

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