The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for the illegal killing of a bull elk between the evening of Wednesday, March 4, and the morning of Thursday, March 5. The bull elk was located near the junction of Highways 60 and 61, north of the Stanford General Store at milepost 355.5. The elk was found with the antlers removed and the meat left to waste.
“The poacher left this animal to waste, and we need assistance from the public to find the individual(s) responsible,” says Joel Weiss, Wildlife Manager for the department. “This isn’t the action of a hunter; it’s an act of a criminal stealing wildlife assets and resources from the people of Arizona.”
Anyone with information about this case can call the department’s Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-352-0700 or go online to www.azgfd.gov/thief and refer to case No. 15-000567. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $500 in this case. All calls may remain confidential upon request.