Friday, December 14, 2018

Death of 4 Roosevelt Elk, Including a Pregnant Cow, Under Investigation

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 2:47 PM

click to enlarge The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating a elk poaching case. - FILE
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help in an elk poaching case that was discovered in the Maple Creek region Dec. 9.

According to a release, wildlife officers responded to the scene southeast of Blue Lake to find four dead Roosevelt cow elk, one of which was pregnant. All had been recently killed with a firearm.

“CDFW closely manages the state’s Roosevelt elk herds,” the release states. “A limited number of hunting permits are available for this species in Humboldt County, and some hunters wait more than a decade to be successful in the drawing. Elk hunting season was not open at the time these animals were shot.”


Read the Fish and Wildlife release below:
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information about an elk poaching case currently under investigation in Humboldt County.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, CDFW wildlife officers responded to a poaching report in the Maple Creek area, southeast of Blue Lake. During the investigation, officers discovered four dead Roosevelt cow (female) elk. An examination showed the animals were recently killed with a firearm, and one of the elk was pregnant.

CDFW closely manages the state’s Roosevelt elk herds. A limited number of hunting permits are available for this species in Humboldt County, and some hunters wait more than a decade to be successful in the drawing. Elk hunting season was not open at the time these animals were shot.

Officers are continuing their investigation, including processing evidence left at the crime scene. CDFW asks that anyone who has any information regarding this poaching crime to contact the statewide tip hotline, CalTIP, at 1 (888) 334-2258. Tips can also be sent via text to CALTIP, followed by a space and the message to tip411 (847411). CalTIP (Californians Turn In Poachers and Polluters) is a confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide CDFW with factual information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters.

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