Last Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, the California Deer Association (CDA) and its Westside Chapter said it is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poacher(s) responsible for shooting three tule bulls and leaving them to rot in the Los Banos area on Sept. 20 or 21.

The organization made the announcement on its Facebook page, saying California is home to the last herds of tule elk after the animals were driven close to extinction in the 1840s.

The post says the most useful information from witnesses would be license plate numbers, vehicle and suspect descriptions, times, locations, and the suspect’s last known direction of travel. Those with information can call the Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters (CalTIP) hotline at 888-334-2258.