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Last Updated: 11/21/2012

Animal Carcasses dumped in Southeast Pecos River (10/30/2012)

Animal carcasses and heads dumped off Pecos River bridge on Highway 249
Animal carcasses and heads dumped off Pecos River bridge on Highway 249
Animal carcasses dumped in Southeast Pecos River
Animal carcasses dumped in Southeast Pecos River
Animal heads recovered from river
Animal heads recovered from river.  Tissue samples collected for laboratory analysis and secured as evidence.
Animal head floating in river
Animal head floating in river

Chaves County - On October 30, 2012 Game and Fish officers received a report from a concerned citizen of animal carcasses dumped in the Pecos River near the bridge located on Highway 249.  It is believed the carcasses were dumped there sometime between the dates of October 27 and 30, 2012.

 

When Game and Fish officers responded, they found five separate animal carcasses.  The carcasses included five rib cages attached to the spinal column with the meat removed, three leg bones with the meat removed and two heads. The two heads are believed to be doe antelope and were wrapped inside clear garbage bags.

 

The carcasses were located in the water below the bridge and it appeared that the carcasses had been thrown into the river by someone on the bridge.  Not all the carcasses could be positively identified but the smaller ribcage size is consistent with Pronghorn Antelope.  Tissue samples have been collected for laboratory analysis and secured as evidence. 

 

If you or someone you know has information about this case, please call Operation Game Thief toll-free at 1-800 432-4263 or click here to file a secure report.  Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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