A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in a recent elk poaching case in Missouri or in previous cases.
A female adult elk was left for dead on November 18 on National Park Service Property near the end of M Highway in Carter County.
The reward is being offered by Missouri’s Operation Game Thief, an effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri to work with the public to help catch poachers, according to a news release.
This is the sixth elk killed by poachers over the last several years, and investigations are ongoing. According to MDC, the $20,000 will be given to the person who helps with the conviction of those responsible for any of the elk poaching cases. The reward money has been donated by the public.
Anyone with information is asked to report it to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111. The hotline is managed 24 hours a day, and callers may remain anonymous. They should request to be considered for the reward if the information leads to conviction.
MDC reintroduced 108 elk captured into Kentucky onto Peck Ranch Conservation Area from 2011 to 2013. Those elk formed the base of Missouri’s current free-ranging elk herd of nearly 200 animals in parts of Carter, Shannon and Reynolds Counties.