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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Game and Fish officials ask for the public's help after they found the remains of up to ten javelina near Saguaro National Park East.

Investigators determined the remains were left in the area near Irvington and Old Spanish Trail Wednesday night

Authorities say it is extremely unusual to find this many javelina in what they're calling a "suspicious case."

Game and Fish officials say it's possible the animals died as a result of poaching. 

The department is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

It is possible that the animals were hunted legally. If that was the case, Game and Fish still wants to find those people and talk to them about proper animal disposal.

If it was not legal, then illegal poachers could face penalties, including fines for the crime, which is considered a second degree misdemeanor.

"That is a large number of javelina to be discarded. The remains were in the condition that would suggest they were skinned out so that suggests hunting. But that many javelina disposed of improperly gives us cause for suspicion and we feel the necessity to offer a reward in case something illegal has occurred here."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Operation Game Thief Program at (800) 352-0700. Callers may stay anonymous.

We do have a picture of the javelina after they were found. We want to warn our viewers that the picture is not suitable for all people as it is extremely graphic. Please look at your own risk here.

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