MADRAS, OR -- Oregon State Police are investigating two local cases of elk poaching. The first bull elk was discovered gutted and decapitated November 19 along the Crooked River Highway in Crook County. Poachers also removed the hide, but No meat was taken. It's illegal to waste edible portions of an elk.
December 10, a bull elk was found dead on Grizzly Road in Jefferson County. Investigators believe the animal was shot December 9. There were active cow elk hunts in the area, but not bull elk hunts, at the time.
A $500 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in each case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oregon Hunter Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) hotline at 800-452-7888.