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KING HILL, Idaho -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for the public's help after a large sturgeon was found poached near the Kings Hill bridge by the Snake River.

Officials believe the incident happened on or around Nov. 7.

The sturgeon in question was likely five to six feet long, and could have weighed up to 150 pounds or more.

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game personnel say it's hard to know exactly how old the fish could be -- estimating it could have been up to 50-years-old.

Scott Grunder with IDFG says similarly large sturgeon are irreplaceable due to their ability to spawn and produce thousands of eggs.

Grunder says the harvest of large sturgeon led to the species' decline in the Gem State.

While it's legal to catch and release the monster fish, Idaho anglers haven't been allowed to keep sturgeon for over 40 years.

Anyone with with information about this case is urged to call the Jerome Regional Fish and Game Office, at 208-324-4359.

Citizens Against Poaching is offering a $1,000 reward for information. The CAP hotline can be reached at 1-800-632-5999 -- 24 hours a day.

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