A local conservation officer is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two people involved in the illegal harvest of a pregnant mule deer doe.
The doe, who was pregnant with two fawns, was shot during the closed season, during prohibited hours with the aid of a light on April 15.
The doe was killed in the late night/early morning hours near Spiller Road near Penticton. A photo of the suspect vehicle and two occupants was obtained by a witness.
The photos show a blue/silver, 1988-2000 Chevrolet pickup with a distinct tailgate chrome banner a red Tidy Tank and a shiny tailgate cap.
Jeff Hanratty, conservation officer in Penticton, said the witness described the truck as being very loud. The subjects were seen by the witness trying to load the freshly killed doe into the truck and fled the scene when they were observed by the witness.
“We, the conservation officer service, are very concerned about the safety risks associated with this violation and the impact to our deer population. This doe was pregnant with twins which would have likely been born within weeks of this event,” Hanratty said.
Anyone with information can call the RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) line at 1-877-952-7277.