Police need help finding a local poacher

Posted at 6:12 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 19:25:14-05

A shocking discovery at the Padre Island National Seashore has both locals and visitors asking, “Who would do such a thing?”

Park Rangers are asking for information from the public after a deer was killed and its body was left near the water at the National Seashore Monday night.

“We’ve got a lot of coyotes and raccoons and other animals in the park, so sometimes it’s hard to tell, but this is a confirmed case of poaching,” Charles Lassiter said.

Park officials said the buck’s antlers were sawed off, which is both a state and federal offense in a protected park.

“It’s just a shame that anyone would do that. There are a lot of good folks out here that would never even think twice about doing something like that, and it can give a lot of people a bad name,” Lassiter said.

Sandy Graham is traveling the entire country hoping to see all national parks and said she was sickened by the news.

“For someone to come in with such boldness and kill an animal on park property is disgusting really,” Graham said.

If you have any information on this crime, you’re asked to called the Padre Island National Seashore Ranger office 361-949-1990 or the Kleberg County Sheriff’s office at 361-595-8500.