Reward increased for sheep poacher

The Nevada Division of Wildlife is still seeking assistance in solving a California bighorn sheep poaching incident. That poaching incident took place in the area just south of Pyramid Lake near the Big Canyon Ranch.

The bighorn sheep was discovered on Aug. 19, wounded by the poacher(s) through the jaw by a bullet. The bullet shattered the lower jaw which prevented the 1 1/2 year old ram from eating or drinking.

"The animal died a slow and painful death, unable to eat or drink", said Operation Game Thief Coordinator Rob Buonamici, "Its body was found next to a spring."

The ram was poached sometime between Aug. 11 and Aug. 15.

Buonamici says that NDOW needs the general public's help in solving this case.

There is a total of $2,500 being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poacher(s).

The Operation Game Thief Citizen's Board has authorized a $1,000 reward for help in uncovering facts pertaining to the case.

In addition, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited has donated $1,000 and a private citizen has offered another $500.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Operation Fame Thief Hotline at (800) 992-3030. You can remain anonymous and will receive the reward upon conviction of the poacher.

For information, call Buonamici at 688-1500.

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