Poaching greater threat to deer than drought November 6, 2013 New Mexico

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Officials: Poaching greater threat to deer than drought November 6, 2013 New Mexico, Clovis News Journal
... Game and Fish officials are investigating 22 cases across the state involving elk, deer and antelope carcasses found headless and left to rot ... Buff said the animals are being killed before they have the chance to breed, which prevents the trophy bucks genes from being passed on with the potential to produce future game stock... 

... "We find an average of 100 headless poached trophy animals a year," Field Operations Col. Robert Griego said. "Poachers continue to kill trophy animals solely for their heads, despite increased civil penalties and our efforts at roadblocks and artificial wildlife operations where we catch violators in the act." ...

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