Conservation officers investigating death of bull elk in McCreary County, reward offered

Published 4:20 pm Monday, January 16, 2023

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Kentucky Lantern

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is seeking information about the poaching of a bull elk in McCreary County.

A news release from the agency last week said conservation officers began investigating after a department employee found the bull elk carcass on Jan. 13 near Middle Ridge Trail on Beaver Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA). McCreary County is part of the 16-county elk zone in southeastern Kentucky, but elk hunting is prohibited in the county.

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The release says:

The 3×3 bull elk was known to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists. It was among more than 40 elk translocated to McCreary County last winter from other counties within the elk zone to establish the species where the population had not yet been established.

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in this case, thanks to the Kentucky Elk Guide Association.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London, Kentucky, or call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-25-ALERT.

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