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OSP requests public assistance regarding poached elk in Polk County

SALEM, Ore. – A bull elk was shot and left to waste in a pond near the Valsetz Mainline road in Polk County on Aug 20. The animal’s head had been removed and taken.

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers received a tip that the bull elk had been killed and left to waste. Troopers went to the scene, which was near mile post 16 on the Valsetz Mainline. They found the animal in water, south of the rock quarry. The head had been cut off and taken, the rest of the elk was left to waste.

OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers request that if you have any information regarding this incident to please contact the TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) or TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

The Stop Poaching Campaign educates the public on how to recognize and report poaching. This campaign is a collaboration among hunters, conservationists, land owners and recreationists. Our goal is to increase reporting of wildlife crimes through the TIP Line, increase detection by increasing the number of OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers and increase prosecution. This campaign helps to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitat for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Contact campaign coordinator Yvonne Shaw for more information. Yvonne.l.Shaw@state.or.us.

Rewards for information leading to a citation for poaching incidents involving fish and wildlife:

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl, furbearers $100

Preference Points:

5 Points-Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Wolf
4 Points-Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar