Nevada DOW Searching for Elk Poachers

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On Tuesday, November 17, a concerned sportsman called Nevada Department of Wildlife's (NDOW) Operation Game Thief with a report that two cow elk were found dead at Young American Creek near the Bruneau River. This area is part of Hunt Management Unit 071.

"The two cow elk were shot in the head with a high powered rifle and needlessly left to waste," says Lt. Don Klebenow, NDOW's Eastern Region Game Warden Supervisor. "We believe that the crime was committed November 6."

According to Klebenow, the two elk (a cow and a calf) were part of a large herd observed between the Rattlesnake and Wickiup drainages, which flow into the Bruneau River. Because of the large herd, there was a heavy concentration of elk hunters in the vicinity during the first week of the elk season, and game wardens hope that someone has more information to help solve the crime.

"At least one set of ATV tracks went directly to the location of the two dead elk," Klebenow said, "and we have evidence that can tie a suspect or suspects to the site."

If anyone has information on this incident, they may call Lt. Don Klebenow at 777-2304, or call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030. People who report can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward if the information leads to a conviction.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW's wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen's license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. For more information, visit www.ndow.org.