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April 23, 2014

Reward Offered in Illegal Fawn Shooting in Douglas County, Oregon

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting a fawn in Douglas County, Ore. This reward adds to an existing reward from the Oregon Hunters Association.

According to the Oregon State Police, a fawn was shot and left in a ditch in the 1600 block of Melqua Road, east of the Melrose Store on March 28.   

Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS said: “Shooting a defenseless fawn and dumping this animal in a ditch to rot is cruel and unacceptable. The person who illegally shot this baby deer needs to be held accountable for his or her actions. We applaud the Oregon State Police for their tireless work to investigate this shooting.”

Anyone with information concerning the killing of this fawn is asked to call the Turn-in-Poacher tip line at 1-800-452-7888 or Senior Trooper Don Frerichs at 541-440-3334, ext. 4540 or email him at don.frerichs@state.or.us.


  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org  


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