Information Sought in Arizona Elk Poaching

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the illegal killing of a bull elk.

The elk was shot and left to waste on October 25 at the Corner Dam Tank in Game Management Unit 18A, north of I-40 off the Fort Rock exit.

The suspect vehicle is a white Ford Explorer, which was seen parked at the tank at first light on the day of the poaching.

Game and Fish officers are investigating the case.

"Leaving an animal to waste is not the act of sportsmen," said Velma Holt, supervisor for the Kingman office's west sector. "We understand mistakes can happen in the field and we have protocols for such cases.

"However, the most important thing is that we are able to salvage the meat of an animal and not have it go to waste, as was the case with this incident."

Anyone with information about this poaching is asked to contact the Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700. Caller identities will remain confidential upon request. The department is currently offering a reward up to $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s). Callers may also contact the Game and Fish Kingman office at (928) 692-7700.