Ozark National Scenic Riverways is seeking the public’s help — and offering a $5,000 reward — to find whoever illegally killed three deer that were shot from a roadway with high-powered rifles.
Park rangers were alerted to the killings on Monday — three dead deer south of Big Spring. Two of the deer were located within the park, one near Chubb Hollow and the other south of Cataract Landing.
The third deer was found on private property neighboring the park near Big Tree. According to a park news release, all three were determined to have been shot from roadways with high powered rifles at some time on Nov. 22 or 23.
Although many national park sites prohibit hunting, Ozark National Scenic Riverways allows hunting in compliance with the Missouri Wildlife Code and welcomes hunters who use legal means to pursue and take game.
The National Park Service is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to convictions in these poaching cases. Park officials hope the public can provide:
- A description of any vehicles or people observed at the scene;
- The names of any people responsible or involved;
- Any other pertinent information;
- The tipster’s contact information for reward compensation purposes.
Here’s how you can help:
- Call or text the Investigative Services Branch tip line at 888-653-0009
- Report online at www.nps.gov/ISB and click “Submit a Tip”
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ozark National Scenic Riverways seeks to preserve the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.