Information needed to solve bull elk poaching near Williams

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September 29th, 2008

Information needed to solve bull elk poaching near Williams

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a poacher that killed a large bull elk sometime during the weekend of Sept. 6. The poaching occurred near Scholz Lake and Garland Prairie along Forest Road 141, just east of Williams.

The elk was shot with archery equipment and was left in the field to waste. The poaching took place a week prior to the opening weekend of the legal archery elk season. A field investigation also discovered that the animal had been shot several times in the head. Game and Fish officials believe that someone may have come across the wounded elk and put the animal down by shooting it.

“This is a blatant example of poachers’ disrespect for wildlife, and the laws and seasons that are established to protect our wildlife resources,” says Wildlife Manager Mike Rice.  “We need help from the public to catch the poacher. If you were in the area recently, please try to recall anything you might have seen or heard, or any conversations you may have had. Maybe someone doesn’t realize he or she has the key to solving this case. Poaching of wildlife is considered a major loss for the residents of Arizona and our wildlife resources.”

Anyone with information about this poaching can call the department’s Operation Game Thief hotline toll-free at (800) 352-0700. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $350 in this case.  All calls may remain confidential upon request.

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