September 22, 2011
Reward Offered in Oregon Elk Poaching Case
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 identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing four elk in Clatsop County, Ore. The HSUS reward adds to an existing $250 reward from the Oregon Hunters Association.
According to the Oregon State Police, on Aug. 23, three cow elk and one bull elk were found about one mile up Wolf Creek Road off Highway 26. Only some meat from two of the elk had been removed. It is believed that the elk were killed within two weeks of being found.
“The callousness of poachers is appalling, and we hope that anyone with information about this or other poaching crimes will come forward,” said Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Oregon State Police for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice.”
- Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
- Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
- The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Oregon State Police Trooper Joseph Warwick at (503) 468-8727 or Sergeant Tim Schwartz at (503) 791-5249. Callers may remain anonymous.
The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.
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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 38 states, including 3,147 acres in Oregon, and eight 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.