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Public's Help Sought in Elk Poaching Case

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the poaching of a four-point bull elk northeast of Idaho City on September 15 or 16. Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999, 24 hours a day. Responding to the initial report, Fish and Game conservation officer Matt O'Connell found the poached bull elk dead in the road near the junction of the 305 and 304A roads in the West Fork Bannock Creek drainage outside of Idaho City. The elk had been shot and none of the meat had been taken. A muzzleloader only cow elk season is currently open in the area where the bull was shot and left. Evidence was collected at the scene, but O'Connell 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," O'Connell said. In addition to the CAP hotline, persons may also contact their local Fish and Game office with information regarding this case.