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Reward offered for info on illegal wounding of javelina

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Jun 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-15 13:32:47-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Operation Game Thief (OGT), a program of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is asking anyone with information on a javelina that was found wounded Sunday in Oro Valley with an arrow in its face.

Individuals with tips that lead to an arrest may receive a reward of up to $1,500, AZGFD shared on social media.

Tips can be shared anonymously, if necessary, at the OGT hotline, (800) 352-0700. Callers should reference case OGT#22-001737.

The injured javelina was euthanized.

It is unlawful to injure, kill or trap javelina, which are classified by the department as big game species.

To hunt javelina, one must obtain a valid hunting license or combination license and tag, as well as comply with all AZGFD regulations pertaining to hunting season and open areas, which do not include municipal and county parks and preserves.

OGT is an anti-poaching program that encourages the public to report any suspicious activity or wildlife violations to the 24-hour hotline.

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