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'The arrows were removed and these deer have a very good chance of survival'

Oregon State Police investigating after deer shot with arrows (photo from Oregon State Police)

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - Biologists tranquilized two deer and removed arrows from thier bodies Wednesday.

The deer had been illegally shot with arrows in the Shady Cove area. The wounds hadn't killed the deer, which were seen walking around with the arrows sticking out of their bodies.

There is a reward for information on the person or people responsible.

Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife worked with Oregon State Police wildlife officers to track down the deer.

They tranquilized the animals, removed the arrows and treated the wounds.

The deer - an adult doe and a yearling doe - showed no visible signs of infection.

“Pictures of these deer stuck with arrows have been circulating widely in the media and social media, and understandably, it’s upsetting to see,” said Steve Niemela, Rogue District Wildlife Biologist. "We are happy to say the arrows were removed and these deer have a very good chance of survival."

Niemela said this is the second time in as many years that deer have been illegally shot with arrows.

“This is not ethical hunting, it’s a twisted act of poaching,” said Zach Lycett, board member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunter’s Association. “True ethical hunters respect the animals they hunt and are grateful for the opportunities to hunt. We do not stand for these kinds of criminal acts.”

The total reward is now $2,600. Anyone with information on the case can call the Turn In Poachers line at 1-800-452-7888.

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