An elk that frequented the area near Townsend Gulch southwest of Bellevue, Idaho was shot the weekend of October 15th-16th. The elk had 7 points on each side. Poachers didn't even finish off the elk, they had left him injured after shooting him. Fish and game officers had to kill the injured animal. The meat will be donated to needy families, and the antlers have been taken by fish and game. Fish and game say this was a known trophy elk that lived in the area, and are asking for help with their investigation.
Killing an elk on private property carries a penalty of loss of hunting license for one year. Hunting without a tag carries a fine of at least $600 plus court costs, Kelton Hatch, spokesman for the Magic Valley Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at (800) 632-5999. Hatch said that while the department receives anonymous reports from the hotline, callers are still eligible for cash rewards if information leads to the poacher's arrest. From Idaho Mountain Express .