Someone Intentionally Kills Elk in Fenced-in Area of Lehigh Valley Preserve: Police

State police announced a $2,000 reward as they tried to determine who intentionally killed an elk on an eastern Pennsylvania nature and wild game preserve.

Troopers from Bethlehem say the female animal was found slain about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Trexler Nature Preserve in the Lehigh Valley.

The 1,100-acre facility is owned by Lehigh County and is next to the Lehigh Valley Zoo, about 10 miles west of Allentown. It was founded more than 100 years ago as a way to preserve endangered bison and elk herds.

Police didn't say how the elk was killed. They're investigating it as a case of animal cruelty. They believe the animal was killed sometime since Saturday.

The Lehigh Valley Crimestoppers offered a $2,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest -- call 1800-426-TIPS.

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