(CRAWFORDSVILLE) - State conservation officers in central Indiana are seeking the public's help in solving the fatal shooting of a state-protected bobcat.
Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Blaine Gillan says the animal's shooting was reported Thursday in Montgomery County, northwest of Indianapolis. He says the 29-pound bobcat died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Bobcats are protected under state law. Gillan says a special license is required to shoot a bobcat if it is a nuisance, or for scientific purposes. He says he hadn't received any reports of nuisance bobcats in the area.
Several bobcats have been spotted in Lawrence County, and many in Martin County around the Crane military installation.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the DNR at 1-800-TIP-IDNR or www.in.gov/dnr . A cash reward is offered and callers can remain anonymous.
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