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Antelope Near Casper Targeted By Assault Rifle

Wyoming Game and Fish

Wyoming Game and Fish say antelope were targeted by rifle fire last week on a stretch of county road near Casper. That’s according to a report newly released by the office. Janet Milek, spokeswoman with the Casper regional office says a single witness reported seeing what appeared to be an AK-47 style rifle shooting out of a newer red Nissan X-terra.

Milek says that while assault rifle poachings are not common, but do happen occasionally.

“It’s very disturbing to us as people who hold wildlife very near and dear to our hearts to see something like this happen to the animals, especially when its wanton waste" says Milek. "So they are just left to lay and rot and no one gets to use the meat and no one gets to enjoy the wildlife for wildlife viewing. So it’s just a disappointing crime all around.”

Wyoming Game and Fish urges anyone with information to call their Stop Poaching hotline at 1-877-9433-847. The department is offering a $5,000 reward and will allow informants to remain anonymous. 

Jordan Giese is a political science major currently working on his bachelor's degree. He has lived in Wyoming all his life but has a focus on both local issues and international stories. He moved to Laramie just last year rediscovering Wyoming and all it has to offer in landspaces, opportunities and people. He has listened to WPR for years and is thrilled to contribute to an important state service and NPR.
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