(WWJ) Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are asking for tips in the case of a second elk illegally killed within days in northern Michigan
The DNR says a deer hunter called the DNR’s Report All Poaching hotline on Tuesday to report that he'd found a dead elk in Montmorency County.
Local conservation officers found the 8-point bull elk near Teets Trail, west of Voyer Lake Road.
The officers determined that the animal been killed by a single gunshot, and they believe that a hunter mistook the elk for a deer, then deciding to just leave it there.
While no suspects have been identified in this case, the DNR says officials now know who earlier poached a 13-point elk in the Pigeon River State Forest in Otsego County.
“The great news is that the information we received from the public earlier this week about a larger bull elk poached over the weekend helped us identify a suspect within 48 hours,” said Lt. James Gorno. “We strongly encourage people to come forward – either the hunter in this new case, to remedy the situation, or anyone who has information that can help us identify a suspect.”
Elk are not in season. The next hunt period, limited to certain areas, will run Dec. 14-22, followed by an additional hunt Jan. 15-19; if needed to help attain population management goals. Elk licenses are very limited and only available through a drawing. (Learn more at Michigan.gov/Elk.)
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.