Help Find Nevada Elk Poacher

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The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) needs your help to solve an elk poaching case that occurred earlier this month in eastern Nevada.

The case involves a bull elk that was shot on Highway 50 approximately one mile west of the Illipah/Hamilton turnoff. Game wardens determined someone shot the bull sometime between the afternoon of Oct. 5, and the early hours of Oct. 6.

“This crime should upset everyone. It’s a waste of Nevada’s wildlife,” said Tyler Turnipseed, NDOW chief game warden. “Let’s be very clear, this was not a legitimate hunter. There was no elk season in that area during the time of the shooting. This was someone who blatantly stole a mature bull elk from the people of Nevada and then left it to waste.”

Turnipseed added that illegally killing a big game animal without a valid tag is a Class E felony.

“Unfortunately, we have very few leads and we need the public’s help if we’re going to catch this criminal.”

If you have any information on this or any other wildlife-related crime, call (800) 992-3030.

(Photo source: Nevada Department of Wildlife)