Leads sought to solve vandalism incident near Klondyke
TUCSON -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking the public’s help to identify the culprit who wantonly shot multiple holes in a water tank located along the Rattlesnake Mesa Road near Klondyke in southeastern Arizona sometime between Sunday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 25.
The damaged water tank provides a crucial watering spot for wildlife and cattle. Plus, this ranch provides crucial access for hunters and other outdoor recreationists to a huge expanse of wild and rugged country.
“Such acts of wanton vandalism can not only impact wildlife, but injure long-standing relationships with ranchers who cooperate by providing continuing access to vast tracks of public land,” said Wildlife Manager John Bacorn.
Hunters can help by becoming the watchdogs to help stop such vandalism. Anyone with information on this case, or others, is asked to call the Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700.
Al Eiden, with the Game and Fish Department’s Landowner Relations Program, said improving relationships between the landowners and the hunting community is a top priority for the Game and Fish Department.
“Through the relationships this program has established, the Game and Fish Department has ensured that hundreds of thousands of acres of property remains open to hunters, while simultaneously working with sportsmen and hunting organizations to encourage ethical use of lands open to hunting and respect for landowners and their operations," Eiden said.