Information Needed to Solve Two Elk Poaching Cases
Sep 14, 2005

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public's help in finding the poachers who killed two bull elk in the Williams area during the past two weeks.

The elk were both shot with arrows in Game Management Unit 8 near Davenport Hill. The two poaching cases may or may not be related. One of the elk was found dead by a recreationist in the area on Sept. 12.

"This is an example of poachers' disrespect for wildlife and the laws that ensure our wildlife resources are available for future generations," says Wildlife Manager Dan Gaska.  "We need help from the public in catching the poachers. Also, if anyone has removed parts of these elk from the field, they are breaking the law and may not even know it. They may be hindering law enforcement's ability to investigate the case."

Anyone with information about this poaching can call the department's Operation Game Thief hotline toll-free at (800) 352-0700. A quick report of any poaching case to the department is important, in order to preserve any evidence. Callers may be eligible for a reward in this case.  All calls may remain confidential upon request.