By Courtland Jeffrey
State wildlife officials are offering a reward of up to $1,500 for help in solving an elk poaching case in the Coconino National Forest this month.
The carcass of a Spike Bull Elk was found Nov. 9 off Arizona 87 at milepost 305.5, south of Winslow, according to a statement from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Elk were not in season when the poaching occurred.
The elk’s body was found intact and “was left to waste when it could have been salvaged and the meat donated to a local food bank or shelter,” said Garrett Fabian, department wildlife manager.
A reward, which ranges from $500 to $1500, is being offered for information that can help lead authorities to an arrest and/or conviction.
The penalties for poaching an elk may include the revokation of hunting, fishing and trapping rights for up to five years, multiple fines, community service, and hunter education classes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-352-0700 or access the online form at www.azgfd.gov/thief and mention case number 13-003075.