Maine authorities seek information on deer pregnant with twins shot, killed in St. Albans

The doe, pregnant with twins, was “collared’’ and part of a state study.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for shooting and killing an adult doe deer in St. Albans on Friday.

The deer was wearing a collar and part of a winter severity study on white-tailed deer being done by the state’s department of inland fisheries and wildlife, the department said in a statement. A deer biologist with the department received a mortality reading from the doe’s GPS tracking collar early Saturday morning.

The biologist, Kyle Ravana, determined the doe was pregnant with twin fawns, which would have been born in the spring or early summer. The deer’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound, the department said.

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Maine Operation Game Thief, a nonprofit organization that works with state authorities to pay rewards to citizens who turn in poachers, is offering a reward of $1,000 for information about the deer’s death.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Augusta Public Safety Dispatch center at 207-624-7076.

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