Elk NetworkFive Elk Shot, Left to Waste in Idaho

General , Poaching | April 18, 2024

Below is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. For 2024-2025, Fiocchi partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to increase the visibility of poaching incidents in an effort to reduce poaching. 

In early March, conservation officers in Southwest Idaho discovered five elk that were shot out of season and left to waste in two incidents in Unit 39 and are asking the public for information about these two cases.

At the first location, officers found three cow elk that had been shot and left on the north side of Arrowrock Reservoir’s South Fork arm, below the Neal Bridge and near the mouth of Camp Creek.

One of the three cow elk that were shot out of season and left to waste in Unit 39. Officers believe the elk were shot around March 4-5.

At the second location, they discovered two bulls—a five- and a six-point—that had been shot and left near the Forest Service’s Spur 121S access site on South Fork Boise Road. Officers determined that one of the bulls had been moved a short distance and that someone had attempted to hide it under a pile of brush.

Officers believe that in both incidents, the elk were shot sometime around March 4-5.

“Given that the two roads where these incidents occurred are connected, there is a chance that these two incidents are related,” said Greg Milner, conservation officer.

If anyone has information about these incidents, please call the Nampa Regional Office at 208-465-8465, or the Citizen’s Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous when reporting wildlife violations and may be eligible for cash rewards when that information leads to a citation for a wildlife crime.

(Photo credit: Idaho Department of Fish and Game)