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Update: Reward Offered in Gold Beach-area Elk Poaching Case
03/18/2008
Senior Trooper Brad Van Prooyen
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division - Gold Beach
Office: (541) 247-6641

The Humane Society of the United States and The Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward related to an Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division investigation to help solve the killing and waste of a 7x7 bull elk in late February north of Gold Beach. The reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible in this case.
 
According to Senior Trooper Brad Van Prooyen, on February 22, 2008 at about 5:30 p.m. a 7x7 bull elk was shot and left to waste during a closed season on Edson Creek Road about five miles north of Gold Beach. Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Gold Beach office responded to the area. Following an extensive investigation, troopers determined that two white male adults were observed chasing the elk just after several rifle shots were heard by a witness. An unknown make or model white van was seen in the area.
 
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Senior Trooper Dan Stinnett or Senior Trooper Brad Van Prooyen at (541) 247-6641.
 
Questions regarding this reward offer can be directed to Jordan Crump, Humane Society of the United States, at (301) 548-7793.  To view their March 14th news release, go to http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/.