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Update: Reward Offered in Lane County Elk Poaching Cases
Sergeant Tom Hulett
Fish & Wildlife Division - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536

The Humane Society of the United States and The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering two $2,500 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for illegally killing three elk in two separate poaching cases in Lane County, Ore.

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is investigating both cases. The first case involves one cow elk found dead on April 29th south of Oakridge. In the second case, one adult cow elk and one yearling cow were found dead on May 4th south of Cottage Grove. All three elk were shot out of season and left to waste.

"Poaching is not only callous and irresponsible, it's also a crime that all too often goes unpunished," said Kelly Peterson, Oregon state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds Oregon State Police for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws."

Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1-5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel manners.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Turn In Poachers (T.I.P.) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.
The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse across the country. Visit www.humanesociety.org/hunt for more information.
Questions for HSUS can be directed to Liz Bergstrom at (410) 703-4802.
The original news release regarding these investigations is available on our website in this news release section at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/05_06_2008_lane_elk.shtml.