Operation Game Thief is upping the reward for information about several dead does that were shot in the night in Franklin and Androscoggin counties.

Four dead does, found in Chesterville, the East Livermore area of Livermore Falls, Livermore and Leeds “appear to have been killed under similar circumstances and left to waste,” according to a news release from the Maine Warden Service.

Wardens first attempted to get information on who killed a doe that was pregnant with two fawns in Chesterville on April 22. Since then, three other deer were found killed at night and left in open fields. The nonprofit Maine Operation Game Thief reward for information on the deer shootings has been increased to $2,500.

“These four doe deer could have produced another five fawns for the area,” the news release says.

The first deer carcass was reported around 2 p.m. April 22 near the intersection of East and Bragdon roads, also known as French Road, in Chesterville. The deer was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the spine.

Since then, a doe was shot on Route 106 in Leeds, another was shot on Route 133 near Dodge Road in Livermore Falls, and a third doe was shot on River Road in Livermore.

Anyone who saw suspicious activity in those areas is encouraged to call the Maine Warden Service with information.

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