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April 16, 2015

$5,000 Reward Offered in Nevada Elk Poaching Case

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of an elk in northern Elko County, Nevada.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is investigating the case. Game wardens believe the bull, who was shot in the head and found rotting near the Meadow Creek-Jarbridge Road, about 10 miles west of the Diamond A. Ranch, was killed sometime around March 21.

Holly Haley, Nevada state director for The HSUS, said: “This killing was not only a senseless act, but a serious crime. We’re grateful to the Nevada Department of Wildlife for its tireless work to stop poaching in our state and hope our reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

Fred Esparza, game warden lieutenant at NDOW, said, “We look for information from the public to solve these kinds of crimes. We know that someone saw something, and if we get the right information we can solve this senseless and shocking crime and perhaps prevent another one like it in the future.”

Big game poaching is a felony in Nevada, and a person convicted of the crime could face one to four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine as well as the loss of hunting privileges and the seizure of equipment involved in the illegal taking of the animal.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030 or NDOW’s Elko office at (775) 777-2300.

The HSUS and the Trust work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.


  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and the Trust work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; ksanderson@humanesociety.org


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