The Department of Natural Resources announced on April 1 that a $500 reward was being offered for information that leads to an arrest in a poaching case that took place in Douglas County last week. Now that reward has been upped to $800. 

The DNR is asking for the public’s help in trying to solve the case that took place in Millerville Township in northern Douglas County.

The DNR got reports of a doe and a yearling whitetail being shined and shot late in the evening on March 25. A trumpeter swan was shot on the water near the same location the next morning. There was no attempt to retrieve any of the animals.

Local conservation officer Shane Osborne is investigating. He said he could not talk much about the details of the case with the investigation still ongoing, but he was hopeful that someone might be able to provide additional information to the DNR.

“We have some follow-up to do, some interviews to do and some witness statements,” Osborne said on March 28. “To speed up the process and to prevent any other animals being senselessly shot and left to lay like this, we’re looking for the public’s help to solve this in as quick as possible of a manner.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Turn in Poachers at 800-652-9093 or Osborne directly at (320) 297-0119.