Authorities are looking into the theft of a baby buffalo statue this past week from a popular nature area north of Topeka.

Doug Iliff reported the theft of a baby bison statue sometime between the afternoon of Nov. 13 and the following afternoon from the parking lot at Iliff Commons, 2201 N.E. 31st.

According to Iliff, someone broke off the statue at its base and stole it. He estimated the statue was worth about $800.

The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft, but as of Wednesday, there were no reports of arrests.

According to the doctoriliff.com website, Doug and Dorothy Iliff purchased an 80-acre piece of land from a developer several years ago to restore it to its natural state.

The land, called Iliff Commons, has several miles of trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. A replica of Topeka's original log cabin is situated on the trail.

A variety of wildlife, including deer, wild turkey, foxes and bobcats, populate the area. Though it is privately owned property, Iliff Commons is open to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the year.

Anyone with information on the theft may call Capital Area Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.