July 16, 2009
Reward Offered in Wyoming Elk Poaching
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing an elk in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyo. The dead animal was discovered last week in the Pilot Knob area on the Pole Mountain Unit of the forest.
According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the bull elk was shot and left to rot sometime in the week leading up to its discovery.
"The flippant poaching of this elk is a serious crime showing the disregard some individuals have for wildlife," said Heidi Hopkins, Wyoming state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for thoroughly investigating this incident."
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 ways.
Anyone with information about the case should call Warden Roger Bredehoft at (307) 745-4402. Those wishing to stay anonymous should call Fish and Game's Stop Poaching Hotline at 877-WGFD-TIP (877-943-3847).
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