Conservation officers hope the public can help in their investigation of the poaching of a bull elk.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports an elk was shot and killed illegally and then abandoned west of Crawford on the Peterson Wildlife Management Area. Firearm deer season began Saturday. Elk are currently out of season.
The Peterson Wildlife area is a 2,460 acre property managed by Game and Parks for public hunting in northwestern Nebraska.
Anyone with information that leads to the prosecution of the violators may be eligible for a reward, according to Game and Parks. All tips may remain anonymous.
Conservation Officer Dan Kling said any information, regardless of how small, may be significant to the case. He can be reached at 308-430-0572. People with information also may contact the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers hotline at 800-742-7627.