HOLLISTER (KCBS) — A $5,050 reward has been offered by a wildlife group for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a Great Blue Heron in Hollister last week.

The injured bird was found in a resident’s backyard on Oct. 27 and wildlife experts report it had been shot several times with a pellet gun.

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The bird has been treated for its injuries and is recuperating.

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Herons frequent open fields where they prey on gophers, ground squirrels and snakes. They are also found near ponds and creeks where they prey on fish. Although these birds are naturally shy of people, they have been known to land in backyards that have shallow fish ponds.

Wildlife Emergency Services notified authorities of the injured bird and are offering an award of $5,050 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

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Report information confidentially through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTip line at 1-888-334-2258 or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 650-876-9078.