A poacher shot and killed a bull elk sometime over the weekend northwest of Ash Fork, cut off its head for a trophy and left the meat to waste.
Operation Game Thief has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
"An officer has collected evidence at the scene, but we are looking for additional information," said Zen Mocarski, the public information officer for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman.
The elk was killed about one mile north of Stone Lake in Unit 10 on the Diamond 7 allotment on the south end of Bishop Lake Plateau, said Mocarski, who noted there was no bull elk season in Unit 10 at the time of the killing.
"It is important to remember this is not the act of sportsmen or (sportswomen)," said Mocarski. "Poaching is a crime. It is important for anyone with information to come forward. There's a lot of territory for an officer to cover and the eyes and ears of the public are critically important in bringing poachers to justice."
Mocarski said information provided to Operation Game Thief in the past has played a vital role in apprehending poachers.
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