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Information sought on poached mule deer in Cody

CODY- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information on a mule deer buck that was recently shot with a crossbow during a closed season within the city limits of Cody.

On Nov. 14, North Cody Game Warden Travis Crane received a report of an injured mule deer with an arrow protruding from its hindquarters at a residence near Newton Avenue. The mule deer had been shot with a crossbow but the buck season for the area closed Nov. 10, Crane said.

When Crane responded to the report, he dispatched the wounded deer, retrieved the arrow and was able to follow the blood trail of the animal to Sheridan Ave. I believe the deer was shot in the vicinity of 20th Street and Sheridan Avenue, Crane said.

While following the blood trail, Crane was approached by witnesses who reported seeing a man earlier that morning who seemed to be looking for something in the same area. A couple who lived nearby said they saw a man searching the area, looking over fences and into backyards. He was described as a man in his 50s wearing Carhartt pants, a blue vest and an orange baseball cap that was on backwards. They also noted he had a long ponytail that reached most of the way down his back, Crane said.

Any information about this man or the take of this mule deer buck during a closed season would be appreciated, Crane said.

Anyone with information on this wildlife violation is encouraged to call the Stop Poaching Hotline at (877) WGFD-TIP, report the information online at or in a text message to TIP411 (using keyword WGFD), or by calling Game Warden Travis Crane directly at (307) 899-1263. Reporters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward up to $5,000 if the information leads to a conviction.