Oregon Trooper Finds Living Deer With Arrows in Head, Body

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus). Greg Vaughn /VW PICS/UIG via Getty Images

Oregon State Police are conducting an investigation after finding two living deer shot with arrows in southern Oregon on Friday, The Oregonian reported. The police and several conservation and archery groups have increased the reward to $2,600 for information regarding the shooting.

Authorities found the deer shot with arrows, which remained stuck in the animals although the injuries did not appear "life-threatening." One deer had an arrow through its head and the second deer was found with an arrow protruding through its body. Additional information also indicated a third deer could have been shot, police said in a press release.

Deer found shot with arrows in Shady Cove area. A $2,000 reward is being offered. Oregon State Police

"In this case, the arrows that were used are not even hunting arrows, but rather target arrows," Duane Dungannon, state coordinator for the Oregon Hunters Association, told Newsweek.

The Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Hunter's Association contributed $1,500 donation to the reward. When Newsweek reached out for comment, Oregon Police said there were no updates to the investigation.

"This is not a bowhunter. This likely isn't even a poacher trying to take a deer for meat. This is someone maliciously launching target arrows at live deer as though they were targets for their entertainment. It's unconscionable, and as conservationists, we won't tolerate it," Dungannon continued.

Police haven't been able to capture the deer to remove the arrows, The Oregonian reported. "You have to get very close to the deer, about 30 yards, for it to be effective, which is difficult for wild deer," Oregon State Police Sergeant Kaito Raiser told the outlet.

The reward has increased from its initial $500 sum with support from OHA's turn in poachers reward fund, OHA's Rogue Valley Chapter, Dewclaw Archery and Ashland Archery.

In 2017, OHA offered $24,000 in rewards for informants in fish and wildlife poaching cases and violations. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call 1-800-452-7888 or 541-776-6111.