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Police just outside of Nashville have been investigating after a Red Stag deer that belonged to Luke Bryan was shot and killed on his private property earlier this month.

The Tennessean reports that the animal was apparently shot from the road, according to Barry Cross of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. A $5,000 reward has been offered by the Maury County Sheriff’s Office for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Red stags are not native to the U.S., and Bryan would have needed to bring the animal to the farm, Cross said. The animal is a species of deer with similar characteristics to an elk.

Bryan and his wife, Caroline, operate a petting zoo on their property called Brett’s Barn, which features exotic animals of various kinds and provides an opportunity for sick children to interact with the animals. It is unknown if the red stag in question was part of that endeavor.

Luke himself has not commented on the incident.