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November 25, 2013

Reward Offered on Four Elk Shot Illegally near Orofino, Weippe

Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting four elk near Orofino and Weippe, Idaho .

The case: According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, two elk, were found on Oct. 12 and appeared to be shot and completely wasted. One was found near Upper Fords Creek Road and the second elk was found in the Fiddler Road area near Weippe. There was no open season for antlerless elk.

Two more elk were taken unlawfully sometime between Oct. 10 and Oct. 14. One elk was found in Miles Creek near Weippe and a fourth elk was witnessed being killed near Canyon Creek Road outside Orofino. The fourth elk was taken by the violator.

John McLain, Orofino area conservation officer said: “While parts of two elk were taken, most of the meat, including the entire animal in two of the incidents was left to rot. This is an alarming number of cow elk taken unlawfully in such a short period of time and in such a small area. Idaho's wildlife belongs to all of us. Every animal killed illegally is an animal that is stolen from the citizens of Idaho.”

Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS said: “Four separate poaching incidents have occurred so there could be multiple persons of interest. We really need the public to step forward if they have any information on these cases so we can prevent poaching from happening in the future.”

The Investigators: Anyone with information concerning the killing of these elk is asked to call Idaho Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) at 1-800-632-5999 or Officer John McLain 208-827-1488.

 Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • 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 $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

Resources: The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org 

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