AZ: Raven shot, reward offered for information

KINGMAN, Ariz. – A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the shooting of a raven.

The raven was shot on or about Feb. 10 near Kingman Middle School, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program is offering a reward of up to $100 for information in the case.

The raven was seen walking around with an injured wing and was transported to a veterinarian’s office. A .22 caliber bullet was found near the chest and the bird was euthanized.

“There is no season on ravens,” said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Game and Fish office in Kingman. “They are federally protected.”

Mocarski said a person didn’t have to see the act, but might have overheard a conversation, which can provide a valuable starting point.

“Through the Game and Fish Operation Game Thief program, we have managed to catch a number of poachers,” Mocarski said. “It’s important to remember this is not the act of sportsmen, it’s the act of a criminal.”

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any wildlife violation, should call the OGT hotline at (800) 352-0700. Web submissions can be reported via the Internet by going to www.azgfd.gov/thief. Identities will remain confidential. Anyone calling should reference case number 12-000186.

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