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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 am

DALTON GARDENS - A buck, a doe and a fawn were each found illegally shot dead and left to waste within Dalton Gardens city limits recently, and wildlife officials are seeking information to catch those responsible.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said the incidents occurred between Thursday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 9. They were each shot with a small-caliber bullet.

"There are some people who love and feed them, and some people that wish they were all gone," said Phil Cooper, a spokesman for Fish and Game in North Idaho.

Fish and Game officials said the three carcasses were found at two different locations within Dalton Gardens.

Two of the dead deer were found near 16th Street and Wilbur Avenue. The other one was brought to Fish and Game by Dalton Gardens city officials, Cooper said.

The deer season in North Idaho currently is closed, so the shooting of a deer is a violation of state wildlife laws.

The unlawful killing of one deer in Idaho is a misdemeanor with a possible fine of up to $1,000 and a potential six-month jail term. If someone kills more than one deer unlawfully within a 12-month period they can be charged with a felony.

Discharging a firearm within the city limits of Dalton Gardens also is illegal.

With the numerous homes and people in the area, discharging a firearm in Dalton Gardens presents safety concerns that extend beyond the legal issues, Fish and Game officials said in a news release.

In November 2011, The Press reported that Dalton Gardens officials were exploring options to reduce the number of deer in the city.

One suggestion floated at the time was letting hunters thin the deer population.

Some said the deer came first and so residents should learn to live with their numbers, while others said the population is out of control because people feed them.

Anyone with information about the recent shootings can call Fish and Game at (208) 769-1414; or, the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline at (800) 632-5999.

Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a CAP reward if the information provided leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, Fish and Game said.

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  • The Simple Truth posted at 11:29 am on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

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    you funny lady!

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 8:30 am on Fri, Feb 15, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 413

    WOW - judging by the comments in here, I think Idaho has a real mental health problem . . .

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:32 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

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    That is right. Must be one a them thar callibaggers cuz we all know Ideehoe is the only state with them thar deer thingies, huntin, snow, mountains and weeeldeerness arears.

    WhoEVER it was needs strung up.

  • Jill Heine posted at 5:43 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    btw - an NRA member would not do this heinous, cowardly act and leave the meat to rot. A couple years back a coward shot a moose cow and her two calves and left them to rot. Time for an open season of Calibaggers!

  • Jill Heine posted at 5:40 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    agree with bionic man. I once enjoyed seeing deer ambling down my street to dine on arborvitae at dawn. Once the wolves were released, more moved in where shooting was prohibited. That left shooting wolves as the only recourse. Keep up the good work boys - SSS.

  • The Simple Truth posted at 4:03 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    The Simple Truth Posts: 563

    Another proud gun toting person! Maybe the NRA will come to town to defend them.

  • charliek60 posted at 4:03 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    charliek60 Posts: 204

    Cowards God knows our heart and we will account for our actions , in other words they are already caught

  • bionic man posted at 1:26 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    I don't mind people shooting animals for "meat," but to shoot them and let them go to waste, I'd hang the individual(s) from the highest tree. Must be a "Calibagger," can't be one of us " IDAHO REDNECKS." At least we know what to do with things we shoot. Gut it, skin it, hang it and enjoy the kill for dinner.

    And just for clarification..." Calibaggers" refers to anyone that has moved here from another state.

    HAPPY VALENTINES ALL. A good "heart" shot works all through life no matter what the factor.

  • Enigma posted at 1:09 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    Enigma Posts: 5

    Deer should have had their guns too, now that would have been a nice switch up. You know you an Idaho redneck when......................

  • citygirl posted at 11:15 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    citygirl Posts: 10

    heatherfeather...your comment is beyond disturbing. Clearly you don't live in Dalton or have pets. With that kind of attitude I sincerely hope you don't have kids either.

  • heatherfeather posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    The deer outnumber the people in Dalton. Shooting one is akin to killing a pet.

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