By Roger Phillips
A bull elk was poached near Paddock Reservoir east of Weiser sometime on or near Dec. 8, and Idaho Fish and Game is offering a reward for information. People can call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at (800) 632-5999 24 hours a day, and callers can remain anonymous.
Responding to a report, F&G conservation officer Paul Alexander found only an elk gut pile at the scene of the kill. Poachers had removed the entire animal. There is no open hunting season for bull elk in the Paddock Reservoir area this time of year. Evidence was collected at the scene, but Alexander hopes to learn more about the case from an eyewitness or others who have knowledge of the incident.
“I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this poached elk,” Alexander said.
Anyone with information can also call the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465 weekdays and Idaho State Police at 846-7550 on weekends.