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2010-12-16 / Front Page

Slaughter on Exotic Ranch

On Sunday, December 12, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning, an exotic species of deer known as a Fallow deer, was shot and killed on the Watercross Ranch.

Lee County Game Warden, victor Gonzales said, “I am currently working a case involving the poaching of an exotic animal on a private ranch and I need assistance from anyone who may have knowledge about the incident. The incident occurred off County Road 117 near the Middle Yegua Creek crossing between Dime Box and Loebau at the Watercross Ranch.”

According to Warden Gonzales, Watercross Ranch is a high fence ranch that contains many different species of exotic animals as well as white-tailed deer. The trophy head was severed and the whole body left intact. Entry and exit were gained by climbing over a locked double gate which is reinforced by cattle panels. The value of the trophy buck is $2000.00.

Watercross Ranch is offering a cash reward upon arrest and conviction of an individual or individuals responsible for this offense. If anyone has useful information and wishes to remain anonymous, they may contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800- 792-4263 (GAME) or Lee County Game Warden Victor Gonzales at 979-540-0194.

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