Pronghorn fawn injured in Elmore County poaching incident dies

The fawn was shot through both rear legs likely May 31 or June 1, at the same time that an adult doe was illegally killed north of Mountain Home, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported.

Fish and Game announced the injured fawn’s death Monday. It was one of two fawns found abandoned with the doe on June 2.

Both fawns were taken to the Idaho Equine Hospital in Nampa for medical care, while Fish and Game officers began a poaching investigation centered on the doe. Officers have collected evidence and talked with several people so far about possible suspects, but say more information is needed.

“The seriousness of this poaching has risen now because there are now two illegally killed pronghorn,” District Conservation Officer Bill London said in a Monday press release about the fawn’s death.

Fish and Game will attempt to reintroduce the other fawn with other pronghorns north of Mountain Home once that fawn is weaned.

Anyone with information on the crime should call the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, 028-587-3370, or Citizens Against Poaching, 800-632-5999. CAP callers are eligible for a reward and can remain anonymous.