RIPLEY, Maine — The Maine Warden Service is asking for the public’s help in solving what it calls a “serious poaching incident.”

On either the night of Oct. 5 or Oct. 6, a person or group of people killed four deer on Lane Road in Ripley. The Maine Warden Service was notified on Monday and started an investigation, according to Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald.

“Two does and a lamb were night-hunted, shot and left in a field,” MacDonald said in a statement late Thursday morning. “Wardens determined another deer was night-hunted, shot and taken. All the deer appear to have been shot the same night. Wardens then found nearby parts of a boned deer they believe was from the deer that was taken.”

The board of directors of Maine Operation Game Thief has authorized a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of the deer, McDonald said.

“Maine Game Wardens need the public and sporting community to assist in stopping criminal hunting activity this time of year,” he said. “Some examples of criminal hunting activity that wardens need assistance from you are hearing shots at night in areas known to be inhabited by wildlife, spotlighting [or illuminating fields], illegal tree stands or blinds on landowners’ property, baited area, illegal killing of wildlife by night hunting or exceeding the bag limit.”

Those with information on the illegal night hunting in Ripley or other criminal hunting activity are urged to call “Operation Game Thief” at 800-253-7887 or visit