Crime Stoppers: Bull Elk illegally poached, left to die

Police say Oregon State Troopers originally found the elk standing in a pasture with a wound on its left shoulder blade. They say it died of its injuries shortly after. (Oregon State Police)

Oregon State Police are seeking help on a case involving the illegal poaching of a Bull Elk.

Police say the killing happened on January 27 near Agate Rd. in Sams Valley. OSP received a call at 9 a.m. that morning stating a bull elk had been shot and left to die.

A witness told police that a newer, full-sized white truck pulled up next to the bull.

They said someone in the truck shot the animal out of the passenger window and drove away.

Police say it was a wasteful and inhumane kill that never should have happened.

"They just stopped on the side of the road when they saw it, and shot it and killed it," said Sergeant Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police Department. "This one's pretty... pretty egregious. Like I said, just to shoot the animal and drive off-- it's pretty bad."

Proulx said anyone convicted in this case would face fines and be required to forfeit their weapons and any hunting rights they hold.

A reward of $1,000 is being offered by to anyone with information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call or text Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580 and refer to case number KTVL 03-06-18.

Depending on the case and information given, Rogue Credit Union will pay up to $1,000 in additional reward money for information leading to an arrest and filing of charges.

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