A reward for any information that could lead to the prosecution of the person or persons who illegally killed a mature bull elk has been doubled.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reports The Panhandle Conservation Club of Scottsbluff had pledged an additional $1,000 to match the $1,000 offered by the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers program.
Game and Parks reports the president of the eight-member club, Doyle Lund, says club members have been especially upset that whoever killed the elk didn’t use the meat.
“I have a real problem with anyone who would shoot an elk and just leave it lay like that,” Lund said in a written statement released by Game and Parks. “That’s the reason we decided to contribute this money and support conservation.”
This wasn’t just any bull. It was considered to be a trophy class animal with a 7-by-6 set of antlers. It was found dead from a bullet wound in a wheat field southeast of Crawford. It is believed the bull was shot the night of November 12th, a Saturday, well after the elk firearm season.
Game and Parks says lesser reward amounts have been offered for information about a pronghorn and three mule deer killed near Hemingford.
You can contact the Wildlife Crimestoppers Program at 800-742-7627 anonymously. For more information about the program: outdoornebraska.gov/wildlifecrimestoppers.