Updated 9/26: The award offered for leads of the vandal who contaminated the water catchment system is now up to $3,500 with $1,000 recently donated by Don McDowell Outdoors.
Original article 9/20: An award of $2,500 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for contaminating a water catchment that was used to provide water to wildlife with diesel fuel or gasoline northeast of Flagstaff, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Sometime around Sunday, fuel was deliberately poured into Young’s Canyon Trick Tank, a water catchment in Game Management Unit 7E near U.S. Forest Service Road 775 and east of the high tension powerlines. The catchment is approximately two miles east of the Winona exit (211) along Interstate 40.
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Evidence at the scene indicates the suspects may have taken down fencing to gain access to and pour the fuel into the catchment.
“It’s our hope that someone may have observed suspicious behavior or may have had a game camera in the area that may provide crucial evidence,” said AZGFD Wildlife Manager Erin Brown. “This incident is incredibly disappointing because these catchments provide water for all wildlife when natural water sources are not available — especially given this year’s limited monsoon rainfall. Sportsmen, along with the department, have spent so much labor, money and time improving water availability for wildlife and it's tragic that someone chose to vandalize this water catchment.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the AZGFD vandalism hotline at 1-800 VANDALS (826-3257). Callers can remain anonymous and should reference case #19-003149. The $2,500 reward is being offered by the Arizona Elk Society.