BISMARCK, N.D. North Dakota officials need your help in locating people they say were involved in an apparent deer poaching incident. A video that was shot by a bystander shows several men pulling a whitetail deer out of the water and dragging it away and killing it. At the 4 minute and 50 second mark one of the men can be seen pushing the deer's muzzle into the dirt in an apparent attempt to suffocate it.
The video was shot this past fall near the location of protests over the Dakota Access pipeline in Morton county. It's unclear if the people in the video were also involved with the protests. The video of the incident can be seen below as well as the press release from the state of North Dakota.
Jan. 5, 2017
Contact: Robert Timian, chief game warden, 701-328-6604
Game and Fish Looking for Info on Apparent Deer Poaching Incident
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is seeking information through the Report All Poachers hotline on an apparent deer poaching that occurred this past fall near the ND Highway 1806 bridge over the Cannonball River in Morton County.
Chief Game Warden Robert Timian said Game and Fish obtained a video of the incident recently, and is releasing it to the public and media in an effort to get more information on this event, and to try to identify the individuals involved in an apparent illegal killing of a whitetail buck. The video is available for viewing and download on the Game and Fish Department’s YouTube channel.
Based on current information, Timian says the incident took place during the fall of 2016, likely on the north side of the Cannonball River west of the ND Highway 1806 bridge over the Cannonball, in the vicinity of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps.
This raw, unedited video is approximately 7 minutes long and shows several individuals entering the river to retrieve a whitetail buck that was struggling in the river, and dragging it to shore where the deer was killed.
Anyone with information on the possible identity of any individual in this video, or any other information, is urged to call the Report All Poachers hotline at 800-472-2121; contact the Game and Fish enforcement division directly at 701-328-6604; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. RAP calls are anonymous, and can lead to rewards for information that leads to convictions.