Reward offered in poaching case near Camp Verde

Cow elk and late-term calf killed

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief is
offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the
arrest of those responsible in the poaching of an elk near Camp

A cow elk was poached and left to waste Sunday night, March 27-28,
on a rise above the westbound lane of Highway 260 approximately 21
miles east of Camp Verde in Unit 6A.

“This was definitely an unlawful killing and not a vehicle
collision,” said Scott Poppenberger, an Arizona Game and Fish
Region III wildlife manager. “The elk was completely healthy and
was carrying a healthy, late-term calf at the time it was illegally

“We know this was an act of poaching and now we need someone to
help us with information leading us to those responsible.”

Poppenberger said the elk was only visible from the eastbound lane
of Highway 260.

“We lost two elk with one act of criminal behavior,” Poppenberger
said. “This is a theft of our vulnerable wildlife resources.”

“What we need is a good starting point,” Poppenberger said. “If
someone saw or heard anything, I encourage them to do the right
thing and call the OGT hotline with information.”

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any wildlife
violation, should call the OGT hotline at (800) 352-0700. Web
submissions can be reported via the internet by going to Identities will remain confidential.

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