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Dead elk

This bull elk was unlawfully shot southeast of Crawford, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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.

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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.

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Assistant city editor

Zach Pluhacek is an assistant city editor.

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