G&F Seeks Information in Elk Poaching Case Near Powder River Rest Area

G&F Seeks Information in Elk Poaching Case Near Powder River Rest Area

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect, or suspects in the recent poaching of a bull elk in the Sheridan region.

On Friday, Access Yes Coordinator Troy Tobiasson responded to a report of a dead elk a few hundred yards off the Upper Powder River Road, approximately 13 miles north of the Powder River Rest Area off of Interstate 90.

According to information from the Game and Fish, the bull elk was located on private property and had been shot with only the head removed. The remainder of the carcass was left to rot. The poaching is believed to have occurred on Thursday, August 29. The location of the poaching is in Elk Hunt Area 129, which did not open for hunting until Sunday, September 1.

Tobiasson said that not only was the person hunting three days before the legal season, they also wasted the animal’s meat and trespassed on private property. He said that everything about the killing was illegal and unethical and that they are hopeful that someone will come forward with a tip that will help solve the case.

If anyone has information about this poaching incident, please contact Tobiasson at 307-684-2489, Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman at 307-684-5223 or call the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Tips can also be reported online by visiting the Game and Fish website at www.wgfd.wyo.gov/law-enforcement... or by texting keyword WGFD and the message to 847-411.

Anyone reporting a tip can remain anonymous. Individuals submitting information leading to a conviction can be eligible for a monetary reward of up to $5,000 through the Wyoming Wildlife Protector’s Association.


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