Roosevelt Bull Elk killed, left to waste in NW Oregon; Search on for culprit

Roosevelt Bull Elk poached blurred

(Editor’s note: An image of the dead elk is at the bottom of this story. It may be difficult to look at.)

Oregon State Police wildlife investigators are seeking the public’s help to find whoever shot and left to waste a Roosevelt Bull Elk in Columbia County Wednesday.

OSP said it happened between midnight and 4:00 am. near Taylor Lane and Battle Creek on Highway 47 near Mist, Oregon. That’s about 43 miles northwest of Portland.

Police say a small, dark colored, loud passenger vehicle was seen fleeing the area northbound on Highway 47. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Senior Trooper Morgan through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888, or OSP (*677), or his cell phone at 503-396-2408. This is case number SP23-293064.

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This is the second animal wasting case OSP has reported in the past couple of weeks. A mule deer was unlawfully taken and left to waste in Baker County on Aug. 29, OSP said.

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Columbia County Roosevelt Bull Elk
A Roosevelt Bull Elk shot and left to waste near Mist, Oregon, Sept. 13, 2023. (Oregon State Police)

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