Big Game Guzzler Destroyed

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The Nevada Division of Wildlife and the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn are seeking the public’s help in catching the vandals responsible for damaging a wildlife water development, or guzzler, north of Las Vegas.

A Fraternity volunteer discovered the damage on January 24, while checking the condition of guzzlers in the area. The water tank had been shot at close range and the walls kicked in. The guzzler is believed destroyed and will cost approximately $25,000 to replace.

The guzzler, constructed in 1986, is located in the Arrow Canyon Range. Built primarily for desert bighorn sheep, the guzzler also is a primary water source for other animals such as golden eagles, bats, and other small birds and mammals.

In light of the recent drought, this senseless act of vandalism could not have come at a worse time, according to Craig Stevenson, NDOW biologist.

“When destroyed the guzzler held approximately 3,200 gallons of its 4,800 capacity,” Stevenson said. “It took two to three years of rainfall to reach that level. Every drop of water is critical in the desert and with no natural springs in the area, wildlife depend on the guzzler as a reliable water source.”

NDOW and the Fraternity are together offering a reward of $5,200 for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible. Information can be reported anonymously to the Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 992-3030.