Reward increases for information about dead coyote pups found in bag

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Friday, June 9, 2017

BARRINGTON, Ill. (WLS) -- People want to help police find the person who killed five coyote pups. A reward for information leading to who is responsible has grown to $8,000.

Cook County Forest Preserve Police found six coyote pups in a bag in the Spring Creek Valley Forest Preserve in Barrington, Illinois, on May 11.

Only one pup from the litter was found alive and he was badly injured. Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation is working to save the pup's shattered leg.

It is doubtful the surviving pup can be returned to the wild.

"Anyone who could so callously maim and kill defenseless coyote pups and then toss them away like trash is a danger not only to animals but to the community at large. We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime," said Marc Ayers, the Illinois state director of the Humane Society of the United States, in a statement.

The initial $6,000 reward was offered by the Humane Society of the United States, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. A donor contributed the additional $2,000.