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Police seek assistance in identifying elk poachers in Douglas County

On the morning of August 12, OSP was notified of a dead cow elk southeast of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. (SBG image)

REEDSPORT, Ore. -- Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help in identifying those responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow elk in Douglas County.

On the morning of August 12, OSP was notified of a dead cow elk southeast of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area.

Police say the animal was located near the intersection of Deans Creek and Johanneson Creek roads.

A Fish and Wildlife trooper responded and found the dead elk in an open field approximately 75 feet from Deans Creek Road.

The animal had been shot and the majority of it was left to waste, police said. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Friday, August 12, during the late evening hours.

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Jay Evans through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-900-0447. (Case # SP17288134) (Email - JEvans@osp.state.or.us).

Information may be kept anonymous.

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