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Poachers shoot cow, calf elk in Owyhee County

Both the cow and her calf had been left to rot, with no meat taken from either carcass.
Credit: Jeremy Gaffield, IDFG
Poached cow elk

OWYHEE COUNTY, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is working to identify the person who illegally shot a cow elk and her calf in Owyhee County last month.

The pair was killed on about Nov. 22 off Mud Flat Road near Pole Creek in hunting unit 40. Both elk were left to rot, with no meat taken from either carcass. 

The mother had previously been radio-collared as part of an Idaho Fish and Game study. 

Fish and Game conservation officer Jeremy Gaffield investigated the poaching scene, and collected evidence that had been left behind. He is looking for anyone who witnessed the illegal kills or has information that could lead him to the culprit. 

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"I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this case," Gaffield noted.

Anyone with information can contact  Citizens Against Poaching at 1-800-632-5999 twenty-four hours a day, or call the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays and Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends.

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