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RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — One month after three dead deer were discovered in Radford with their heads, antlers, and tails cut off, authorities continue to search for those responsible for this “poaching incident.”
The Radford Sheriff’s Office says two large whitetail deer were apparently shot with a crossbow during the early morning hours on Oct. 13. Then, the animals’ heads, antlers, and tails were removed and their carcasses were left in a field.
A few days later, a third deer was reportedly discovered in Riverview Park near a boat ramp along the New River. That deer appears to have been killed around the same time as the other deer and — according to information shared by the sheriff’s office last month — was also missing its head, antlers, and tail.
Authorities say part of a crossbow arrow and a hacksaw blade were left behind in this poaching incident. In addition, one of the deer was reportedly positioned in a way that hunters use to pose for pictures.
According to officials, the Radford Sheriff’s Office, the Radford Police Department, and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources have received and followed up on dozens of leads, but have yet to solve the case.
“We would like to extend our thanks to each and every person who have reached out to us over the past month and provided us information and tips,” the Radford Sheriff’s Office posted on Wednesday, Nov. 17. “We can assure you those leads have been followed.”
Thanks to citizen pledges and a GoFundMe account, there is now a $4,116 reward available for whoever provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the illegal killing and mutilation of wildlife in Radford.
If you have any information about this poaching incident, you are asked to contact the Radford Sheriff’s Office by calling 540-731-5501 or sending a message over Facebook.
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