On the morning of Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, two cow elk were discovered shot and left to waste in a field near mile marker 7 on the Reubens-Gifford Rd (Magpie Grade).

The elk were part of a small herd that had been seen in the area recently and one was pregnant with a calf due this spring. No edible meat was removed from either cow and they were not able to be salvaged.

It appears the animals were shot from the road on the night of Sunday, Jan. 3, or early morning hours of Jan. 4.

Idaho Fish and Game is asking anyone with information to please contact SCO Erin Landers at 208-792-7807, the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-888-632-5999 or the Regional Fish and Game office at 208-799-5010.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a sizeable monetary reward.

UPDATE:

A third elk was found on Monday morning, January 4 near mile marker 7 on the Reubens-Gifford highway in Nez Perce County.

Two cow elk were initially located in the field, shot and left to waste approximately 350 yards from the roadway. 

The third cow elk was found shot and left to waste, just like the other two.

No elk season is currently open to hunters and the individuals who shot these elk took no edible meat.

Fish and Game urges those with information to please come forward. Anyone providing information leading to the poachers may be eligible for a sizeable monetary reward. Tipsters can contact SCO Erin Landers at 208-792-7807, the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999 or the Regional Fish and Game office at 208-799-5010.

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