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Updated: November 18th, 2010 10:37 AM

Anonymous poacher taunts Fish and Game

Letter, pictures give limited leads

By :KATHERINE WUTZ

"Here is a picture of the nice buck I poached in Northern Idaho this year. & I plan to do all my Idaho hunting like this from now on," reads an anonymous letter received by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game last week.

The letter, accompanied by a picture of a 3x3 whitetail buck and a pronghorn antelope, gives no clues as to the poacher's identity. The return address space read only "Poacher X" with no actual address, though the letter was postmarked from Everett, Washington.

Department spokesman Ed Mitchell said the letter was unusual.

"This is, in my memory, the only one of these we've ever gotten," he said.

The department is currently investigating the letter, but Mitchell said the department had no suspects so far. Anyone with information on this crime may call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Informants may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.

Mitchell said that ordinarily, poachers are caught through public input.

"Poacher folks tend to be the type of people with other problems," Mitchell said. "They have angry girlfriends and ex-wives."

 

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