IDFG investigating string of poaching incidents | News
The Idaho Fish and Game Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the persons responsible for the killing of several elk and deer throughout the region in recent months.
Sometime between Christmas and New Year's Day, two elk were shot and left to waste on the hill above Glenwood Road near Kamiah; on January 3rd, concerned citizens called to report seeing a young bull and a healthy cow that had been shot. Evidence indicated that the poachers most likely shot across the canyon, from Beaver Slide Road, and no attempt was made to retrieve either elk.
Three elk were poached on December 27th at approximately 3:00 p.m. just east of Gilbert Grade Road near the Nez Perce/Clearwater County line. According to a press release, the shooter(s) made no attempt to recover the elk which were left to waste.
"Evidence at the scene indicates that the shooters shot from the road and did not at any time exit the vehicle. The incident took place on the road that runs north of Albers Rd. (Nez Perce/Clearwater county line) just east of the Gilbert Grade Rd. (Hwy 7)," the release states. Responding Fish and Game officers were able to salvage the meat from the animals.
On January 1st, a caller reported that a deer had been shot on Upper Fords Creek Road near Weippe. "While the caller had a good vehicle description, there were not enough officers working on the holiday to cover the possible routes of escape. Investigating officers found that only the choice back straps of this deer were taken," according to IDFG.
Two mule deer were also shot and left on the lower end of Highway 64. The deer were reported in late November and the first week of December, and both were found 250 yards above the road," IDFG states. One witness commented that “it’s almost like they were used for target practice.”
Since December 29th, officers working in the Riggins area have investigated five deer shot and left near the town of Pollock.
Fish and Game officials say the deer and elk in this story are only a fraction of the total number of animals poached each year. "In 2013 Clearwater Officers alone investigated and documented over 120 poached big game animals. Many of these were shot and wasted, but some were taken without tags or in a closed area."
"All sportspersons should be enraged over such a cowardly unlawful act. The persons responsible need to be held accountable for their actions. The illegal killing of wildlife is not a victimless crime," according to the IDFG.
Citizens Against Poaching is offering an enhanced reward of $1,000 dollars for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Anyone having information about this poaching incident is encouraged to call the CAP hotline at 1-800-632-5999 or IDFG Conservation Officer Dave Beaver at 1-208-791-5118. Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.