Nebraska conservation officers are looking into two cases of big game animals killed illegally.
One case involves the death of a cow elk.
Conservation Officer Frank Miller says it happened on October 14th or 15th northeast of Valentine.
“It was shot and left lay, basically rotting away,” Miller tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Shot from the road and without permission, and it’s a violation to let wildlife rot away like that.”
The other case near Kimball involves four buck pronghorns found on private property.
“They cut the heads off and then took a portion of the meat, so they were illegally taken,” Scott Brandt, conservation officer, tells Nebraska Radio Network. “When you see that, you think they possibly could have been trophy animals or at least animals that were large enough that they’d want to keep the heads as trophies.”
He says they found just a few clues where the animals were left.
“These are tough and you see a lot of them where this is all you have, nothing to really go on,” Brandt says. “These are really rural areas. It’s a tough investigation and probably one of the things that I get the most frustrated with, because it happens more than a person thinks.”
People who wish to report information about these cases may contact Officer Brandt at 308-631-0663 and Officer Miller at 402-389-0444.
They also may contact the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers program at 800-742-7627.
Information leading to an arrest and conviction is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.