2 adult elk poached; Information on case wanted

2 adult elk poached; Information on case wanted
This is a picture of a 10-year-old bull elk that was shot, killed, and found in Shannon County, Missouri. (Source: Missouri Department of Conservation/MDC staff)

SHANNON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The poaching of two adult elk in Shannon County, Missouri is under investigation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says a 10-year-old bull elk, brought to Missouri from Kentucky, and an adult cow, born in Missouri, were found shot near the Long Yard area on Friday, Feb. 8.

Conservation agents report no parts of the animals were removed and the poaching was not for food, but likely just to kill an elk.

“It appears these poachers simply wanted to shoot elk for fun or out of spite, and that’s abhorrent.”
Protection Division Chief Randy Doman, Missouri Department of Conservation

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call 573-226-3616, ext. 226 and leave a detailed message with your contact information.

Callers can also contact the Operation Game Thief (OGT) hotline at 1-800-392-1111. The hotline is managed 24-hours-a-day. Callers can remain anonymous. Rewards are available.

MDC reports this is the fifth known elk poaching incident since the animals were restored to the area in 2011.

In October 2018, MDC reported that an elk calf was found lying dead next to a road in Shannon County with a gunshot wound to the head.

Elk restoration in Missouri began in 2011. The animals have been recently restored in public lands in Carter, Shannon and Reynolds counties.

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