The Maine Warden Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information about who illegally killed a deer in Chesterville.

About 2 p.m. Wednesday, wardens received a complaint about an injured deer near the intersection of Bragdon Road, also known as French Road, and East Road in Chesterville, according to a news release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

A doe, pregnant with twin fawns, was found dead later by game wardens in a field posted with a “No Trespassing” sign. The deer had a fatal gunshot wound to her spine, wardens said.

The warden service couldn’t be reached Thursday for further comment on the incident.

Maine’s 2015 deer hunting season using firearms starts as early as Oct. 24 for Youth Deer Day and ends as late as Dec. 12 for certain kinds of muzzleloaders.

Under state law, anyone who hunts deer during a closed season faces a class D misdemeanor charge, which can carry a sentence of at least three days in jail and a fine of at least $1,000.

The $1,000 reward is being offered under the Operation Game Thief program “for anyone who can provide information that leads to a conviction for those responsible for this senseless killing,” according to the department’s release.

Wardens asked that tipsters call 800-253-7887 or the Maine Department of Public Safety dispatch center in Augusta at 624-7076.

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