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November 19, 2009

NM Elk Killing

Reward Offered in Bandelier National Monument Elk Killing

The Humane Society of the United States

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 a large bull elk in Bandelier National Monument, N.M. The elk was found dead within the monument near State Road 4 milepost 52.4 on Oct. 27. The animal had been killed during the previous night.

The Case:

According to Bandelier park ranger staff, the elk was shot from the road at a distance of less than 200 feet. The head and legs of the animal were removed. 

"The callous poaching of this elk is a serious crime and shows the disregard some individuals have for wildlife," said Kelly Peterson, western regional director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the National Park Service and New Mexico Game and Fish Department for thoroughly investigating this incident."

If caught, the person or persons responsible could face federal charges of illegally taking wildlife; spotlighting; possession of a firearm; use of a firearm; and entering an area closed after dark. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of $500 and/or 6 months in jail. Those responsible could also be charged with felony violations under the federal Lacey Act. Additionally, New Mexico Game and Fish could file state charges in the case.

Poaching:

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.

The Investigators:

The National Park Service and New Mexico Game and Fish are jointly investigating this case. Anyone with information about the case should call 1-800-432-4263.

The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse and animal cruelty across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/wildlifeabuse for more information.

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