Another bull elk poached in Oregon; 3rd report in a week

Bull elk poached elgin

(Editor’s note: A photo of the elk that was poached appears at the bottom of this story. It may be disturbing for some.)

Oregon State Police are investigating another elk poaching case. It’s at least the third one announced in the past week.

OSP said it’s looking for whoever is responsible for poaching the branch antlered bull elk in the Wenaha wildlife management unit, north of Elgin. It was shot on private timber lands off Kingsbury Lane near Darr Road.

The bull was left to waste.

It is believed the bull elk was shot with a rifle on the night of Sept. 30. That was the day before the opening of controlled rifle buck deer season.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is urging anyone with information about this case to call the Oregon State Police Tip-line at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677), or email at Reference case number SP22-265831

Last Thursday, OSP reported it was investigating a bull elk poaching in Vernonia. Then on Monday, OSP said it was looking for two people in the poaching of a bull elk near Tumalo in Deschutes County.

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Elgin poached bull elk
A photo of a poached bull elk in Elgin, Oregon, Sept. 30, 2022. (CREDIT: Oregon State Police)

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