Wildlife group proposes $10,000 reward for ivory-billed evidence

BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas wildlife officials hope the offer of a $10,000 reward will help prove that the once-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker is living in the bayous of eastern Arkansas.

Officials from The Nature Conservancy and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have announced a proposal that would give ten-thousand dollars to anyone who provides information that leads biologists to an ivory-billed woodpecker's nest, roost cavity or feeding site.

The Nature Conservancy received a ten-thousand-dollar anonymous donation for the reward. Biologists will only pursue reports that include a photograph, sound recording or other substantive evidence, Mueller said.

The woodpecker was first spotted in the Cache River Wildlife Management Area in 2004 -- 60 years after it had last been seen.

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