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Oct 11, 2013 8:24 PM

Reward offered in killing of javelinas

TUCSON - The Arizona Game and Fish Department is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the illegal killing of javelinas near the Saguaro National Park East.

Game and Fish officials were called to a scene near Old Spanish Trail and Irvington Road where as many as 10 dead javelinas were found. A spokesman for the department tells News 4 the killings are being investigated as a case of possible poaching. Game and Fish says it is unlikely but possible that no laws were broken if the animals were killed in a legal hunt. Only the heads and pelts of the javelinas were found after being skinned and dumped.

Poaching is a second-class misdemeanor. The penalty for killing wildlife without a hunting permit can be up to six months of jail time and a $750 fine.

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