By Holly Kays
Jim Seeman has stayed busy this fall, and the Buffalo game warden is now working to find the person who shot a bull elk near the Circle Park trailhead sometime last week, leaving everything but the animal’s head and backstraps to go to waste.
“Wasting meat like this is deplorable,” Seeman said. “It puts a real ugly face on the people who are trying to do it right.”
Seeman believes the elk was killed sometime between Oct. 28 and 30, the bulk of the carcass left to rot a mere 100 yards from the campground.
“Even if the person had the proper license, if somebody shot an animal just for the head and left the rest to go to waste, that is not how we want hunters to be perceived,” Seeman said.
Seeman has information about the type of weapon used and believes that only one person was involved in the crime. However, he is still in need of tips from any one who may have seen or spoken with a hunter who was in the Circle Park area between Oct. 28 and 30.
It’s an upsetting crime for Seeman, but it’s not the only serious violation he has seen this October. Last month, Seeman handled two cases of hunting without a license, one case of spotlighting and four cases of waste, including the one presently under investigation.
“Normally (I have) only one a year, but I had several in October,” Seeman said of the number of serious violations he has handled this year. “I would say it’s a lot higher than normal.”
Seeman believes that’s due to a combination of being in the right place at the right time, knowledge of the district and increased reporting from community members.
“One thing that I have noticed since I moved to Buffalo is the increase in folks reporting such crimes,” Seeman said. More....