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Worth county sheriff warns beheading deer is a crime and a waste of natural resources after mutilated carcasses found


This news story was published on November 24, 2020.
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NORTHWOOD – Worth county sheriff Dan Fank warned today that beheading deer is a crime and a waste of natural resources after mutilated carcasses were found.

Sheriff Fank said Monday morning that in the last 3 weeks, his office have received two calls regarding a deer carcass with the animals’ heads missing. The first call was from the Joice area.

Worth county sheriff Dan Fank

“We could not determine if it was a car hit deer or if it had been shot.”

The second call regarded a deer by Northwood.

“We were able to determine that the deer had been shot with a rifle and the head removed.”

Sheriff Fank explained that regardless of the cause of death for the animals, “both of these are a crime and a waste of a natural resource(s) and gives hunting a black eye.”

Sheriff Fank asked the public for help in ascertaining who was being the grisly beheadings.

“We are asking for your help in any information about these events and or if you observe poaching, or a violation of Iowa’s wildlife laws, please call the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline. By doing so, you help protect the wildlife resources that belong to all of us. And you may even qualify for a reward. You can contact the worth County Sheriff’s Office at 641-324-2481, DNR Matt Wahburn at 641-425-0822 or the TIP line at 1-800-532-2020. Please do your part and help put wildlife thieves out of business.”

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4 Responses to Worth county sheriff warns beheading deer is a crime and a waste of natural resources after mutilated carcasses found

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 24, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    One less deer to hit on the highway.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 24, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Out poaching big bucks for the heads, notify area taxidermists.