Fish and Game investigating Owyhee County poaching case

Posted at 7:45 AM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 09:45:57-05

OWYHEE COUNTY, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the recent poaching of two elk in hunt unit 40, just off the Mud Flat Road, near Pole Creek in Owyhee County.

“The cow/calf pair was shot on or about November 22, and no meat was taken from either carcass. The cow elk was radio-collared as part of a monitoring study conducted by Idaho Fish and Game,” said IDFG spokesman Evin Oneale.

Fish and Game Conservation Officer Jeremy Gaffield investigated the incident and, while evidence was collected at the scene, Gaffield hopes to learn more about the case from an eyewitness -- or others -- who have knowledge of the poaching incident. “I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this case,” Gaffield said.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case -- and callers can remain anonymous. You can contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty-four hours a day.

In addition to the CAP hotline, persons with information regarding this case may also contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays and Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends.

(Photo credit: Jeremy Gaffield, IDFG)