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Reward offered for information on coyote that was shot

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 20:56:11-04

The Tucson Wildlife Center is offering a reward for information about a coyote that was shot in a neighborhood on the east side.

The 6 or 7 month old coyote was found at the corner of North Tanque Verde Loop Road and East Speedway Boulevard. Someone in the area reported it to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, who asked the TWC for help. 

Doctors estimate the coyote is less than a year old. An animal care supervisor used a blow dart to tranquilize the coyote so she could be transported. She is OK and being treated at the TWC.

X-rays show several gunshot wounds to the coyote's neck and abdomen, the non-profit says. 

According to TWC, it is illegal to shoot a weapon within a quarter mile of a residence. The wildlife center thinks the coyote was shot with a pellet gun rather than a firearm. 

The wildlife center has said the reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprit or culprits is set at $400. 

For more information or how to report on wildlife in need of help, you can call TWC at (520) 290 - WILD.