ROSWELL – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is asking the public for assistance in solving a recent poaching case involving a spike mule deer. A concerned hunter called a department officer and reported finding a spike mule deer that had been shot. The carcass had been left in the field to rot.

The carcass in this incident was located in GMU 32 just south of the intersection of Y. O. Crossing and NM Hwy. 13. It appears that the spike had been shot sometime during the Nov. 8th and 9th weekend.

The wanton waste of game involved in the unlawful killing of spikes and does is a huge problem throughout New Mexico. Every year the department receives numerous calls and or reports from hunters and others who find spikes or does that have been shot. In many cases the carcasses are left in the field to rot with no edible portions of the meat removed.

Anyone with information about this poaching incident is urged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-432-GAME (4263) or Roswell Corporal Tyson Sanders at 1-575-840-7483.

Operation Game Thief is offering a $500 reward for information relating to this wildlife violation and callers may remain anonymous.