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November 26, 2013

Reward Offered for Cow Elk Illegally Killed Between Moscow and Troy, Idaho

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 illegally shooting a cow elk.

The case: According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, a cow elk was shot and left to waste on private land between the towns of Moscow and Troy. Based on the evidence found at the scene the elk was dragged a short distance and then abandoned. The landowner discovered the wasted elk and evidence suggests she was killed a few days earlier.

Tony Imthurn, senior conservation officer said: “Someone has information regarding this elk and I would be very interested in talking with them to help solve this crime. The wasting of this elk was due to deliberate actions taken by the persons involved.”

Lisa Kauffman, Idaho state director for The HSUS said: “Poaching is unacceptable and another elk has been callously shot and discarded. The person who illegally shot this animal while trespassing on private property needs to be held accountable for his or her actions.”

The Investigators: Anyone with information concerning the killing of this elk is asked to call Idaho Citizens Against Poaching at 1-800-632-5999 or Idaho Fish and Game’s Lewiston office at 208-799-5010.


  • 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 HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

Resources: The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.


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