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February 19, 2010

Reward Offered in Elk Poaching Case in Idaho

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal dumping of two cow elk in Bingham County, Idaho. The Humane Society of the United States' reward adds to an existing Citizens Against Poaching offer of $500.  

The Case:

According to Idaho Fish and Game, two cow elk were found dead sometime around Jan. 6 near Aberdeen near the intersection of Powerline Road (2800 West) and Dotson Road (700 South). The animals were found gutted and partially skinned. It is believed that the elk were killed elsewhere.

"So far we have not received any information in this case, but we are hopeful that the increase in reward money from $500 to $3,000 will get someone with information in this case talking. We are also very grateful to The Humane Society of the United States for their contribution and their commitment to bring poachers to justice," said Scott Wright, senior conservation officer at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

"The individual or individuals responsible for this callous poaching have an appalling disregard for both elk and the laws that exist to protect the species," said Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds Idaho Fish and Game for investigating this case."

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poachers are caught.
  • Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.
  • The HSUS works with state wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous.

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

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. 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 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 1.8 million acres of wildlife habitat in 37 states and seven foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org.

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