Elk NetworkElk Poachers Sought in Idaho

General | August 28, 2020

Authorities in Idaho are seeking help to find those responsible for poaching a cow elk below Mount Borah about 125 miles northwest of Idaho Falls.

According to the Challis Messenger, staffers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) indicate someone shot the animal on August 9 or 10.

In an apparent different elk poaching case, IDFG conservation officers found the carcass of a cow elk shot and killed south of Howe on August 12 along a road locals call the INL half mile road. A nearby gut pile suggests perpetrators shot two elk and removed only one of them.

“The elk was very close to the road and would have been very easy to find and retrieve,” said Conservation Officer Joe Heald. “With all the people using this road right now, I would be surprised if someone didn’t see this happen or know something about it.”

If you have any information regarding these cases, call 1-800-632-5999 or Officer Heald 208-993-0429.

For 2020, Remington partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to increase the visibility of poaching incidents in an effort to reduce poaching nationwide.

(Photo source: Idaho Department of Fish and Game)