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A reward is being offered for information leading to the poacher who illegally shot 14 mule deer east of Petrolia Lake in Petroleum County over the weekend.

Lee Burroughs, a warden for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said someone shot the bucks, does and fawns from a county road late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Twelve deer apparently died immediately. One fawn was unable to stand but lived for nearly 24 hours before it died. One doe was crippled by gunfire but managed to run away. All 13 dead deer were left in a field next to a county road, Burroughs said.

Under Montana law, it is illegal to shoot from a roadway, kill deer outside of published seasons, shoot on private property without landowner permission or waste any part of a game animal that is defined as suitable for food. Anyone with knowledge of these unlawful acts is asked to contact Burroughs at 406-636-4963, the Petroleum County Sheriff's Office in Winnett at 406-429-6551, or call 800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).

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