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Update: Reward Increases to Help Solve Illegal Kill and Waste of Elk in Linn County
11/01/2011
Senior Trooper James Halsey
Oregon State Police - Albany
Fish & Wildlife Division
(541) 967-2026

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A $500 reward offered about two weeks ago to help Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division troopers investigating the illegal killing and waste of a bull elk in Linn County increased following additional offers by two other organizations. The reward has increased up to $3,700 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case following the addition of $700 by the Albany-area Mid-Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) and $2,500 by The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.
 
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 or Sr. Trooper James Halsey.