The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is telling the public a $3,600 reward has been set up for information on a poaching incident near Keene.
According to the department, two bull elk were shot and left in a field near the intersection of 40th St. NW and 109th Ave. NW, north of the community.
The department estimates the bulls were most likely shot in the afternoon or evening of February 17.
One of the bulls had only its head removed, and one was left intact. No meat was taken off of either animal.
The North Dakota Wildlife Federation had initially put up a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. A group of anonymous landowners near Keene then added $1,600 to the reward fund.
If anyone has any information about the illegal taking of these animals, they are asked to contact the Report All Poachers hotline at 701-328-9921. Individuals can remain anonymous if they chose and are eligible for a reward if a conviction is made based on information they provide.