WESLEY, Maine — The Maine Warden Service is looking for information about an illegal killing of a large buck deer in Wesley on October 13.
Game Wardens said they discovered the buck laying dead in a field just off Route 192 in Wesley on October 14, near the Guptill Road.
"This large buck, weighing over 280 pounds, was shot and left to waste with only one back strap cut out of it," the Maine Warden Service said in a Facebook post. "Game Wardens are looking to speak with anyone who may have been in this area on the evening of October 13th and saw any suspicious activity."
Maine Game Wardens said Maine Operation Game Thief is offering a reward of $1,000 to anyone with information leading to the conviction of those responsible for this act of poaching.
"This wasteful slaughter is extremely unsporting and unethical, and an unfortunate example of the waste of our valued natural resources in the state of Maine," the Maine Warden Service added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Maine Operation Game Thief at 1-800-253-7887 or the Maine Department of Public Safety Bangor Regional Communications Center at 1-800-432-7381 and ask to speak with Game Warden Alan Curtis, the primary investigating warden in this case.