A bull elk was illegally shot and left to die in a wheat field in the Panhandle over the weekend, state game officials say.
The elk, believed to have been killed overnight Saturday, was found southeast of Crawford, according to a news release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
A pronghorn and two mule deer, all does, were also found dead recently near Hemingford.
In October, a cow elk was killed and left to rot near a road northeast of Valentine, and four buck pronghorns — three without heads — were found south of Kimball, followed by additional pronghorn carcasses.
Rewards are being offered for information leading to conviction of people responsible for the animals' deaths. Informants can contact the Nebraska Wildlife Crime Stoppers program at 800-742-7627 and may remain anonymous.