Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers on Friday seized 9 trophy deer heads after searching four homes in Okanogan County. A tenth head was recovered last month.
The evidence will be key to solving the case of the headless bucks, reported by residents from Malott to Okanogan who’ve been finding carcasses of whitetail and mule deer with the heads cut off and the bodies left to rot, said Wildlife Sgt. Jim Brown.
“This was a poaching ring, and spree killing,” said Brown, Wildlife’s supervisor in Okanogan County. “All of the suspects in this case know each other. They’re interrelated, and doing this together, or as part of a common scheme.” The hunters were using spotlights at night to hunt and kill them, he said.
No arrests for illegal hunting were made Friday, but officers have several suspects.