Reward for tips on poached elk near Pinedale raised to $6,500

Oct 25, 2020, 7:45 AM
(Arizona Game and Fish Department Photo)...
(Arizona Game and Fish Department Photo)
(Arizona Game and Fish Department Photo)

PHOENIX — A reward for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for illegally killing a bull elk in September has been raised to $6,500, the Arizona Game and Fish Department said in a press release on Tuesday.

The bull elk was killed between the evening of Sept. 15 and the morning of Sept. 17, southeast of Pinedale.

The antlers of the bull elk were removed and the meat was left to waste, according to the release.

Wildlife Manager Eric Podoll said in the release that many hunters were in the field at the time the poaching occurred, along with other outdoor recreationists, so it’s possible someone may have seen something.

“This is the action of a criminal — no true sportsman would leave game in the field to rot,” Podoll said.

The Arizona Elk Society has offered a $5,000 reward, while the Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief put up a $1,500 reward.

Those with information are urged to call the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (800) 352-0700 or visit their website and refer to case 20-003113.

Callers can remain anonymous upon request, according to the release.

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