CASPER, Wyo. - The number of pronghorn antelope killed illegally near Casper continues to grow and now encompasses more than a 50-mile long crime scene.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is still seeking information on the shooting of several antelope west of Casper off 33 Mile Road, reports COUNTY 10.
"As the investigation continues, the case just gets bigger," said Daniel Beach, west Casper game warden. "We have learned that the suspects were shooting across the lane of traffic with an AK47-style assault rifle, killing antelope along 33 Mile Road for over 50 miles and just leaving them to rot. You can only imagine what we are finding."
All the pronghorn were shot and killed on the evening of Sept. 26.
Eyewitnesses described the vehicle as a dark red or maroon, newer model Nissan SUV, possibly an Xterra that was last seen headed west toward the Bighorn Mountains on 33 Mile Road. The front license plate was white with red letters or numbers, indicating it was from another state.
Four males were believed to be in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.
"We're hoping to hear from anyone who can identify these people or the vehicle," said Beach.
Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call the Stop Poaching hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP. Tips may result in a reward of up to $5000 and informants can chose to remain anonymous.