Epidemic: Poaching a continued problem this hunting season

GREEN RIVER, WYO – Wyoming Game and Fish Department Cokeville Game Warden Neil Hymas is seeking information on yet another bull elk that was shot and wasted; this time in Elk Hunt Area 104. The number of elk confirmed shot and left to waste in the region now totals 11. Many of the department’s poaching cases are solved with the public’s assistance and they appreciate this assistance a great deal.

A cow elk and a branched antler bull elk were shot near the main Big Park Road at Grindstone Creek northeast of Cokeville on the evening of Wednesday, October 25, one day after the antlered elk season closed in Elk Hunt Area 104. Elk harvest has been slow lately and someone most likely knows of a person or persons coming home late on October 25 with a cow elk from the Cokeville area. Also, anyone who was in this area on October 25 is asked to consider anything they saw or heard that might possibly be tied to this poaching incident.

“A witness described two male suspects in a white pickup truck, possibly a Ford, with a four-wheeler in the back, loading the cow elk into the truck after dark at around 8:00pm on Wednesday night,” Hymas said. “At least one of the suspects appeared to be in his late 50’s. The bull elk was laying in plain sight within 10 yards of the cow elk gut pile and was not salvaged or reported. It was apparent that the bull was intentionally abandoned and allowed to go to waste.”

Anyone with information on this or any wildlife violation may call the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Tips may be reported online at wgfd.wyo.gov, directly to game warden Neil Hymas at 307-279-3466, or by calling the Green River Game and Fish Office at-1-307-875-3223. Poaching information may also be texted; text keyword WGFD a message to TIP411 (847-411).

Another two elk killed and wasted

Cow elk killed and left in hunt area 100. (WGFD)

Wyoming Game and Fish Department Rock Springs Game Warden Andy Roosa is seeking information on two cow elk that were shot and wasted in Elk Hunt Area 100.

The elk were discovered and reported on October 25, approximately a mile and a half northwest of the Black Butte exit (Exit 136) off Interstate 80, along the Black Butte Road.

Roosa believes these elk were shot sometime on the night of the October 24 or very early on October 25.

“Both elk carcasses were less than 100 yards from the road; one was easily visible on top of a small hill and the other was a short distance away in some brush,” Roosa said. “Blood trails indicate the elk were very near, or even on the roadway, when they were shot and they traveled a short distance before expiring.”

There has been an unusual and unacceptable number of elk left to waste this year in the Green River region. Green River regional game wardens are hopeful somebody saw something that might help solve these and the other poaching cases. Many wildlife cases are solved through concerned citizens reporting the violation via the STOP Poaching Hotline. In some cases, a cash reward is provided to individuals who provide information leading to an arrest and conviction of poachers.

Anyone with information on this or any other wildlife violation may call the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Tips may be reported online at wgfd.wyo.gov, directly to game warden Andy Roosa at 307-350-4202, or by calling the Green River Game and Fish Office at-1-307-875-3223. Poaching information may also be texted; text keyword WGFD a message to TIP411 (847-411).

The Wyoming Wildlife Protectors Association (WWPA) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1980 to support the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s “Stop Poaching” program. The WWPA is the organization that provides the cash rewards. Informants are not required to reveal their name, testify in court or sign a deposition, allowing for complete anonymity if requested.

Reward amounts for tips leading to convictions ordinarily range from $100 up to $5,000. A certificate of appreciation is sent to each informant along with the cash reward. All reward payments come from court-ordered restitution paid by defendants directly to the WWPA or donations from individuals and non-governmental organizations.

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