Pregnant deer killed in Paso Robles; shooter sought by authorities

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help in identifying a shooter who illegally killed a pregnant deer in Paso Robles.

The doe was killed sometime on Tuesday afternoon near the 300 block of 24th Street in the city. The case is unusual because the weapon used to kill the deer was an air rifle firing a pellet, said Lt. Todd Tognazzini, a state game warden.

“An air rifle does not make a loud pop like a gunshot,” he said.

Pellet rifles can be pumped full of air or use pneumatic methods or CO2 canisters to discharge the pellet, he said.

Tognazzini is hoping that someone witnessed the shooting because it occurred in an urban area. A witness can remain anonymous and receive a reward for information leading to a conviction by calling the CalTip hotline at 1-888-334-2258.