CHAMA – On October 13, 2013 Conservation officers received a report about a headless deer carcass found on a ranch outside of Chama, New Mexico.

Officers responded to investigate the reported poached deer and discovered three additional deer carcasses in the area.  A total of four deer carcasses were found hidden under brush and debris. Only heads, back straps and some of the hind quarters were removed. These four deer were unlawfully taken out of season. Violations stemming from this investigation include, but are not limited to, Unlawful killing of Deer, wanton waste and Unlawful Possession of Deer.

Contrary to common belief, poachers rarely kill for meat, instead wasting the edible portions in an effort to be hasty.  The parts taken in this investigation are typical of a poacher who is only interested in the antlers.  They often drag carcasses out of view or hide them under debris in the field. Conservation officers are trained to make observations and are keen to looking for hidden game parts. Officers are interested in matching these game parts found during the investigation to the four deer heads unlawfully taken.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to 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.