The carcass of the bull elk was discovered by a hunter in Game Management Unit 7 West north of Williams near Forest Service Roads 116A and 2081, approximately 3 miles east of Highway 64. The hunter reported hearing multiple shots in the area where the elk was found.
The perpetrator(s) of this crime showed blatant disregard for wildlife management practices established by biologists to make hunting available to the public. According to Game and Fish Wildlife Manager Colby Walton, officers investigating the case have limited evidence or information and are relying on the public to help find the poachers.
“This is a busy hunt and there were a lot of hunter camps in this area when the poaching occurred,” said Walton.
“Someone nearby may have seen or heard something when the bull was shot. That could be the information we need to find the individuals involved.” Walton added, “Sportsmen and women pay for licenses and tags and contribute to wildlife conservation and management, but poachers do not. Poaching isn’t hunting, it’s stealing Arizona’s valuable wildlife resources.”
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline toll free at (800) 352-0700, or report online at www.azgfd.gov/thief. Please refer to case number 14-003792 when calling. Callers may remain confidential upon request.
A reward of up to $500.00 may be available for information leading to the arrest of the violator(s).
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