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OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Asking for Public's Help to Solve Illegal Elk Kill and Waste in Linn County
10/21/2011
Senior Trooper James Halsey
Oregon State Police - Albany
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 967-2026

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division troopers are asking for the public's help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for the illegal killing and waste of a bull elk in Linn County believed killed mid-October prior to the opening of Cascade Bull Elk season. A reward of $500 is being offered with contributions from the Oregon Hunters Association.
 
According to Senior Trooper James Halsey, on the morning of October 16, 2011 a hunter found the remains of a decapitated bull elk on the 4400 line of the Upper Calapooia Road system about 20 miles south of Sweet Home. Initial investigation reveals the bull elk was killed prior to the start of the Cascade Bull Elk season.
 
Halsey said the elk was field dressed at an unknown location with the hide left on the carcass. The elk was loaded into a vehicle and transported to where it was found. The antlers and upper skull were the only parts of the elk taken and all of the meat had spoiled and gone to waste.
 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Turn-In-Poacher tip line at 800-452-7888.