Public's help sought in elk poaching case

Posted at 9:48 AM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 16:01:55-04

The Idaho Fish and Game Department is asking the public for information regarding the recent poaching of a bull elk just east of State Highway 21 along the Spring Shores Road north of Boise. The poaching incident occurred in late January or early February, officials said.

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

“Fish and Game conservation officer Ben Cadwallader found the badly decomposed bull elk on a ridge top at the head of Mack’s Creek near Arrowrock Dam. The bull had been shot through both shoulders and there was no evidence that the poacher(s) attempted to salvage any of the meat; only the antlers were taken,” said Fish and Game spokesman Evin Oneale. “There is no open hunting season for elk anywhere in Idaho during this time of year.”

Evidence was collected at the scene, but Cadwallader 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 poached elk,” Cadwallader stated.

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