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Reward Offered in Whitney Lake Vandalism Case

CHADRON — A reward is available for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible for vandalism at Whitney Lake Wildlife Management Area in Dawes County.

The vandalism occurred at the lake’s boat launch facilities, which have been undergoing improvements thanks to a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Whitney Lake Fishing Club. The most recent act of destruction involved using the upgraded restroom facility as target practice with of a high-powered rifle. This was the second time the restroom facility was vandalized within the past year. In addition, theft of government property has occurred at the site.

The reward is being offered by Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers in cooperation with the Whitney Lake Fishing Club. Those with information may remain anonymous by contacting Wildlife Crimestoppers at 800-742-7627. More information about Wildlife Crimestoppers may be found at outdoornebraska.gov/wildlifecrimestoppers. People also may contact Dan Kling, conservation officer, at 308-430-0572 or dan.kling@nebraska.gov.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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