7:48 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Trophy Deer Head And Antlers Seized

State officials are cracking down on poachers.

In one recent case, New Mexico authorities say they have seized the head and antlers of a trophy mule deer illegally shot on public land in northwestern New Mexico. In another, a man suspected of poaching in the Jemez Mountains has been arrested for illegal possession of a firearm.

The head and antlers were seized from a Texas hunter recently following an investigation by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department .

In the other case, officials say 33-year-old Freddie Sanchez of Albuquerque was arrested for possessing a stolen firearm and could face several wildlife-law violation charges after conservation officers serving a search warrant discovered parts of a doe mule deer believed to have been illegally killed in late November.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.