January 16, 2009
Reward Offered in Lincoln County, Ore. Elk Poaching Case
The Humane Society of the United States and The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing two elk in Lincoln County, Ore. in late December.
According to the Oregon State Police, two adult cow elk were found dead on Jan. 3 near the city of Siletz, although officials believe they were killed sometime during the last week of December. Both elk had been shot. The Oregon State Police is asking for help from the public to track down those responsible for the poaching.
"Poaching is not only callous and irresponsible, it's also a crime that all too often goes unpunished," said Scott Beckstead, The HSUS' senior state director in Oregon. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds Oregon State Police for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws."
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel manners.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Turn In Poachers (T.I.P.) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.
The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/wildlifeabuse for more information.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.
Since its founding in 1993, the Wildlife Land Trust has worked with private landowners to create 99 permanent wildlife sanctuaries where recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited. In addition, the Wildlife Land Trust works in collaboration with a variety of partners to protect many other vulnerable lands to benefit wildlife. Proud of its affiliation with The Humane Society of the United States, the Wildlife Land Trust joins in campaigns to protect wildlife from cruel and indefensible practices such as poaching, steel-jawed leghold traps, Internet hunting and canned shoots.