Last weekend officials with the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division were notified of a dead bull elk on the Silvies Valley Ranch property in central Oregon.
Discovered by an employee of the ranch, OSP officers responded immediately and uncovered the animal that appeared to have been shot by a high-powered rifle and left to waste during the state’s archery season.
As a result of this finding, OSF and the Oregon Hunters Association is offering rewards to those with any information that will lead to the issuance of a citation or an arrest made in the case. Available rewards through the Turn In Poachers fund could amount to upwards of $500 for the illegal killing of elk, deer or antelope.
The Silvies Valley Ranch has also stepped in, offering an additional $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this unfortunate case of waste.
If you have any information, contact Trooper Dean Trent through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-589-2547.
Image: Oregon State Police – Fish & Wildlife Division