ND Game & Fish Releases Video of Alleged Deer Poaching Near #NoDAPL Protest Camps

A group of people kill a deer on the banks of the Cannonball River near the site of #NoDAPL protest camps in the fall of 2016 ND Game & Fish

The North Dakota Game & Fish Department is looking for help in identifying people who taunted and ultimately killed a deer that was struggling in the waters of the Cannonball River near the #NoDAPL protest camps.

The incident took place in the fall of last year. The release states that the video “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.”

“Based on current information, [Chief Game Warden Robert] 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,” the release states.

Last year there were all sorts of photos and videos of game and livestock being killed under dubious circumstances in and around the protest camps. Complaints from area ranchers about trespassing and attacks on their herds made headlines.

These incidents contributed in no small way to the overall feelings of acrimony from surrounding communities to the protest camps. And who can blame people? This sort of thing is an atrocious level of disrespect for the law.

“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 swinkelman@nd.gov,” it continues.

You can make your report anonymously, and if it leads to an arrest/conviction you could be in line for a reward.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from 1-2pm weekdays.

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