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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A reward of up to $1,500 dollars is being offered for anyone with information regarding the poaching of a pronghorn doe in an Arizona Game and Fish Game Management Unit.

The doe was illegally shot on Feb 23 about a half a mile southeast of Stone Lake in Unit 10, according to Game and Fish. The animal was left there. There is no season that allows for the hunting of pronghorn does, officials said.

Officers with Game and Fish, as well as Operation Game Thief and the Arizona Antelope Foundationare are all working together to find the shooter. Game and Fish public information officer Zen Mocarski said the case is being analyzed, but they need help.

"An officer is investigating the incident and has recovered significant physical evidence from the scene," Mocarski said. "However, the help of the public is critical in finding those responsible."

So, Operation Game Thief is offering up to $750 for information that leads to an arrest and the Arizona Antelope Foundation is offering $750 upon conviction.

Those responsible could face up to six months in prison and fines of up to $2,500 for the Class I misdemeanor crime. They could also face consequences with the Game and Fish Commission after the case.

"It is important to remember this is not the act of a hunter," Mocarski said. "Poaching is a crime. It is important for anyone with information to come forward."

Anyone who has information is urged to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at (800)352-0700 or give tips online at www.azgfd.gov/thief, referencing case number 14-000402. Confidentiality will be observed.

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