(WWJ) Tips are wanted in what officials say was a blatant case of poaching in Northern Michigan.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in Gaylord are seeking information about an elk that was poached in the Pigeon River State Forest, east of Vanderbilt in Otsego County.
The bull elk carcass was located near Ford Lake Road approximately three-quarters of a mile south of the Grass Lake and Ford Lake Road intersection. Concerned citizens found the elk Monday and contacted local conservation officers.
Officers suspect that the large elk -- with six antler points on one side and seven on the other -- was killed Saturday or Sunday, Nov, 16 or 17.
"We are currently following up on leads,” said Lt. Jim Gorno, in a media release. “We hope that the public can help us with this investigation, as they have always been helpful in the past. This is flat out poaching. A majestic elk was killed for no reason and left to rot.”
While it's not currently elk hunting season, it is legal for licensed hunters to hunt elk during certain times in Michigan. However, elk licenses are very limited and only available through a drawing. (Get elk hunting information from the DNR here).
Anyone with information regarding this poaching incident can contact the DNR Customer Service Center in Gaylord at 989-732-3541 or call or text the 24-hour Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline at 800-292-7800. Poaching can also be reported via an online form at THIS LINK. Information can be left anonymously, and cash rewards are available for information that leads to the arrest of violators.