A $1,150 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a radio-collared bobcat, part of a Tucson research project, according to officials.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department said the bobcat was fatally shot on September 28. The agency said that “shots were heard” that evening and an interested person has been identified, but more information is needed.
Officials said the research project, which is partly funded by a state game and fish grant, is studying how bobcats use the wildlife-urban interface on Tucson’s west side.
“It was the act of a criminal, one of the state’s most precious resources, a man regardless of its wildlife,” said Raul Vega, regional supervisor for Game and Fish in Tucson. He says it was a project being funded by the agency’s Heritage Fund grant.
Department officials said the maximum penalty for illegally killing wildlife is four months in prison and a $750 fine and civil penalties may also apply.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department manages more than 800 native wildlife species.
Anyone with information about Bobcat’s death is asked to contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-352-0700 and refer to OGT #22-003130.
Earlier this month, conservation groups offered a $51,000 reward for suggestions after an investigation in Washington state found six wolves found dead earlier this year.,