Poachers are contributing to anti-poaching efforts as nearly a thousand antlers seized from wildlife cases over the last decade are being sold by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in an online auction that closes Tuesday (June 5). At last check, the bid for a 6-point bull elk rack that started two weeks ago at under $30 was up to $227.50.
Items available during the auction include:
- 33 trophy elk racks.
- 22 trophy deer racks.
- Five trophy moose racks.
- About 450 pounds of single large and medium elk antlers (large size antlers - 3 bundles; medium size antlers - 18 bundles).
- About 250 pounds of single small elk antlers in one lot (tote).
- About 120 pounds of single large size deer antlers (10 bundles).
- About 140 pounds of single small/medium deer antlers in one lot (tote).
- About 40 pounds of single moose antlers (2 bundles).
Register here to participate in the online auction.
While this is a good opportunity for the public to obtain hard-to-get antlers, the auction also highlights poaching as a serious problem in Washington, said Mike Cenci, the agency's deputy chief of enforcement. More....