Up to $1,000 reward in alligator’s crossbow killing

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This image provided by the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries shows an alligator that was illegally killed with a crossbow arrow in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Louisiana authorities are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever killed a 12.5-foot alligator with a crossbow, then abandoned the body. Alligator hunting is tightly regulated. Hunters in Louisiana need a special license, and must clip a state harvest tag to each animal killed. (Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever killed an alligator with a crossbow and then abandoned the body.

Alligator hunting is tightly regulated. Hunters in Louisiana need a special license, and must lock a harvest tag to each animal killed.

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says agents were told on Monday that a 12.5-foot alligator that had been killed by an arrow was in Bayou Manchac near Alligator Bayou in Ascension Parish.

Agents found the animal with a 20-inch carbon crossbow arrow sticking out of its jaw.

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