The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police are seeking assistance from the public after investigating the poaching of an adult bull elk on private property near Eatonville.
“The hind-quarters, front shoulder and head of the elk had been taken,” Officer Dustin Prater said in a post to the department’s Facebook page. “It is believed to have been shot during the day between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 30.”
The dead elk was found by a landowner in the area of Alder Cutoff Road and Alder Mashell Road East, according to WDFW police.
“We are currently seeking assistance from the public to assist us in identifying any suspects or vehicles that may have been involved,” Prater said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the WDFW at 360-902-2928, visit the department’s website at wdfw.wa.gov and clicki on violations, or text WDFWTIP to 847411.
Those who provide information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward or bonus points for special permit hunting opportunities, according to WDFW police.