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August 14, 2013

Reward offered in killing of duck, turtle near Goldsboro

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the conviction of whoever killed a duck and turtle with a bow and arrow last month.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are jointly offering the reward after a state conservation officer found the dead animals near the Brunner Island power plant, around Goldsboro and York Haven.

"This callous disregard for wildlife protection laws is unacceptable, and we urge anyone with information to come forward," Elise Traub, director of wildlife protection for the humane society, said in a news release. "We are so thankful for the Pennsylvania Game Commission's tireless work to investigate this crime and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice."

What happened: The dead mallard duck and snapping turtle were discovered by the conservation officer on July 29, a state official had said.

Given the type of arrow used, officers suspect the killings are linked to a bow-fishing party that launches a boat from the Goldsboro area. It's legal to hunt fish with a bow and arrow, a method most commonly used for large top-water fish such as carp, State Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau said at the time.

The type of arrow used has a string attached to it and a tip designed for hooking a fish. It's illegal to kill snapping turtles using this method, and ducks are out of season.

Officers suspect the same party might be throwing dead fish back into the river, which is also illegal.

Anyone with information about the killings is asked to call the Game Commission's Central Region Office at (814) 634-1831, or the commission's tip line at 1-888-PGC-8001. Those who provide information leading to the arrest of the shooter or shooters may be eligible for an additional monetary reward provided by the game commission.


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