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Game Officials Hike Reward for Information of Deer Killings

AUGUSTA, Maine - The reward has again been increased for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of four doe deer, some of them pregnant.

The deer were found less than 20 miles from each other in the Franklin and Androscoggin County towns of Chesterville, Jay, Livermore and Leeds. The first doe was discovered two weeks ago in Chesterville, and was carrying twins.

Maine Warden Service spokesman Corporal John MacDonald says three more dead deer were found over the next five days. MacDonald says the reward being offered for information about the deer deaths has been increased to $3,500, thanks to donations from concerned citizens.

"People are taking it personally, especially in that area," MacDonald says. "People that hunt and fish and live in that area, and really Maine people in general, have taken a strong interest in this case."

MacDonald says authorities believe one or two people acting together are responsible.