Elk NetworkThree More Elk Poached in Michigan

General | December 20, 2019

Conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers need your help solving the third elk poaching case in northern Michigan in roughly a month.

“This is the worst year we’ve had as far as elk poaching,” said Lt. Jim Gorno.

Citizens in Otsego County Area found three elk about 50 yards north of Hardwood Lake Road near Bobcat Trail, in the Pigeon River State Forest, east of Vanderbilt. Officers believe someone shot the elk while they were bedded down near each other.

“This is a loss for everyone who appreciates our state’s natural resources. It’s a true shame,” said Gorno. “If you or anyone you know has information that can help us solve this crime, we want to hear from you.”

If you have any information about this case, call the Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800.

Gorno also said the public tips received regarding a bull elk poached in November helped identify a suspect in that case.

(Photo source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)