- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Wildlife officials are searching for a poacher who shot a deer inside city limits over the weekend.

The Bellingham Herald reports (https://is.gd/stirG2 ) the two-point buck was found dead of a gunshot wound on Saturday.

Officials from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife believe it was shot illegally around 3 a.m. Officer Jeff Lee says whoever shot the deer knew what they were doing and knew it was illegal.

He says residents of a condominium complex heard two gunshots at 3:21 a.m. Saturday. They reported the dead deer to wildlife officials and expressed concern that someone fired a gun in their neighborhood. It’s common for deer to walk around the area.

Bellingham police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht says it’s also illegal and unsafe to shoot a gun within city limits.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, https://www.bellinghamherald.com


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