Arizona wildlife officials investigate illegal killing of a desert bighorn sheep; $6500 reward offered

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Wildlife officials successful Arizona are investigating nan forbidden sidesplitting of a desert bighorn sheep that was near for dormant past period and offering a reward for accusation that leads to nan apprehension of those responsible.

The star of nan big ram was recovered not acold from an cultivation section adjacent Gila Bend, astir 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, nan Arizona Game and Fish Department said Friday.

Investigators judge nan animal was changeable astir nan play of Jan. 13 and near to rot.

"There is nary justifiable logic to poach an animal during a closed play and time off it to waste," said Travis Clarkson, a wildlife head successful nan department’s Yuma region. "Poachers are not hunters aliases sportsmen; they are criminals who are stealing from nan residents of Arizona."

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"Due to nan location of nan crime scene, a hunter, an off-highway conveyance user, aliases a section worker adjacent nan area whitethorn person seen thing aliases heard thing that whitethorn assistance officers successful solving this case," he said.

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The agency is teaming up pinch local hunting and conservation groups to station a $6,500 reward for accusation starring to an apprehension successful nan case.

Authorities asked anyone pinch accusation to telephone nan Operation Game Thief Hotline toll-free astatine 1-800-352-0700.

Arizona’s bighorn organization is estimated astatine 6,000 animals, which includes some nan godforsaken and Rocky Mountain races, according to wildlife officials.