TUCSON – Tanque Verde Elementary School was the site of a grizzly stoning of a javelina last Friday.
Now, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for the unlawful killing of the javelina found in the courtyard of the school.
According to Game and Fish, the remains were surrounded by landscaping rocks covered with blood. The javelina died from blunt force trauma. Other physical evidence was found at the scene.
“This was a malicious act, that of a criminal, a person without regard for the state’s most precious resource, its wildlife,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. “The javelina suffered an especially cruel death. In addition, this happened at an elementary school, which could have had a negative impact on young children were it not for the prompt response of sheriff’s deputies.”
Anyone with information about the case are urged to contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline at 800-352-0700 and reference OGT #20-000302, anonymously if need be.