bull elk poached

PINETOP — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating the poaching of a bull elk that was killed in late August north of Heber in Game Management Unit 4B.

The elk was located west of Forest Road 153 near the Point and Javelina water catchments. The poacher left the meat to waste.

“Someone may have information about this case,” said Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Manager Ken Clay. “We need assistance from the public to find the individual(s) responsible. This is the action of a criminal — it’s theft of wildlife resources from the people of Arizona.”

At the time the poaching occurred, many hunters were scouting for upcoming hunts and other outdoor recreationists were in the area, meaning they may have seen something or have valuable information about this crime.

Anyone with information about this case can call the AZGFD’s Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700 or visit www.azgfd.gov/thief and refer to case #19-003199.

Callers may remain anonymous upon request and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500 in this case upon arrest. An additional $2,500 reward is being offered by the Arizona Elk Society and $2,500 by the Arizona Deer Association upon arrest and conviction of the poachers.

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Funny, I called the Pinetop office of G&F earlier this year after I was on a ATV ride near Vernon. I told them I found a fresh dead bull elk with just his rack cut off. I asked if it was unlawful to leave the meat to rot and if it was a hunting season (it wasn't), the person on the phone would not, or could not tell me if it was unlawful. I wonder why they care about this one when they didn't care about the one I tried to report?

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