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Reward offered for bighorn sheep poaching
Crime was committed in Game Management Unit 39

A desert bighorn sheep was poached at Gillespie Dam southwest of Phoenix. (Adobe stock)

A desert bighorn sheep was poached at Gillespie Dam southwest of Phoenix. (Adobe stock)

PHOENIX (AP) — State wildlife officials and conservationists are offering up to $2,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects in the recent poaching of a desert bighorn sheep at Gillespie Dam southwest of Phoenix.

The illegal harvest of the ram occurred the evening of July 10 south of Buckeye, the Arizona Game and Fish Department said July 16. Investigators said a group of five Asian males seen leaving the scene at approximately 8:30 p.m. in a gray sedan and a black sport utility vehicle may have been involved.

"This is a horrible waste of the state's most precious resource, its wildlife," Wildlife Manager Ryan Randall said.

Anyone with information can call Operation Game Thief at 800-352-0700.

Tipsters may be eligible for a reward up to $1,500 for information from AZGFD and an additional $1,000 from the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society.

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