It’s been a troubling start to the new year in Oregon’s coastal forests.
Four elk were illegally killed and left to waste in Lincoln and Tillamook counties in early January.
Oregon State Police are asking for assistance in identifying those responsible. Anyone with information leading to an arrest or citation can gain hunting preference points or cash through the Turn in Poachers program.
The poaching took place in two incidents.
On Jan. 8, a five-point bull elk was found dead and wasted near Hidden Valley Road in Toledo, just inland from Newport, a news release said.
An investigation revealed the elk had been shot and killed by a high powered rifle, police said.
Four days later, on Jan. 12, three cow elk were found shot and killed with a high caliber rifle and were left to waste in a clear-cut approximately 2.5 miles from Highway 6 on Fox Creek Road, police said.
Troopers were able to gather evidence from the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or (541) 961-8859, or by email to [email protected]
The case number for the bull elk is SP19-022825, while the case number for the three cow elk is SP19-013862.