Arizona Seeking Info on Bull Elk Poaching

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the poaching of a bull elk north of Paulden.

The elk, believed to have been killed elsewhere and dumped, was found on State Land approximately ½ mile northeast of the Pilots Rest Airstrip on Feather Mountain Road. The elk is believed to have been killed between June 4th and 5th.

"This was definitely an unlawful killing," said Matt Pelto, an Arizona Game and Fish Region III (Kingman region) wildlife manager. "The animal was skinned and the head was removed. There is no current legal hunting season for elk."

Pelto said some evidence was collected and documented at the scene, but a starting point is needed.

"Right now we need someone to step forward and provide some information about who might be responsible for this criminal act," Pelto said. "If someone saw or heard anything, I encourage them to provide that information through OGT."

Pelto said someone may have overheard a conversation, seen a vehicle at the scene, or witnessed the actual poaching.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any wildlife violation, should call the OGT hotline at (800) 352-0700. Web submissions can be reported via the Internet by going to Identities will remain confidential. Anyone calling should reference case number 11-000699.


groovy mike's picture

Good luck to the state of Arizona's Game and Fish Department!

I hope that they catch the poacher.  The only excuse fopr poaching in my opinion is as a relief from starvation.  If you need to kill game to feed your family it is wrong but I can understand it.  Poaching for trophy hunting is just not something that I understand or can in any way approve of.  Let's all hope that they catch the guilty party (I hesitate to say 'he' or 'she') and throw the book at them.  They deserve both a fine and a jail term because they are doing more than shooting game out of season, they are stealing that trophy from every legitimate hunter that waits for the season to open adn waits to draw the required tag and pays for their permit / license to have a chance to collect that animal.  They are stealing that trophy from every kid in the state who is hunting for their very first season of hunting and just might get a chance to take that bull.  Beyond even that they are stealing the meat from the table and freezer of all those legal hunters and their families including their children.  This is just unacceptable on every front.   Good luck to the state of Arizona's Game and Fish Department on this one.