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$4,000 reward offered in poaching of two bull elk
Substantial evidence gathered at the scene

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a reward of up to $4,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individuals responsible for the poaching of two bull elk.

The two elk were poached in Game Management Unit 10, north of Ash Fork, on Sept. 24. After killing the elk, the poachers removed the antlers from both animals and left the remainder to waste.

"This incident is the most wanton act I've investigated in the past 15 years" said Scott Poppenberger, wildlife manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "It really demonstrates the vulnerability of the resource to abuse by disrespectful criminals. I want to be clear: the individuals involved with this incident are not sportsmen."

Game and Fish investigators have collected a substantial amount of physical evidence in the case that will confirm the violators' presence at the crime scene.

"Several individuals were involved in this violation and have undoubtedly told others about poaching the elk, and people have probably seen the antlers," Poppenberger said. "If you've heard anyone discussing this incident, or if you saw anything suspicious in the area or know where these individuals are, we ask that you contact us. We're certain people will do the right thing and help us complete this investigation."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Operation Game Thief at (800) 352-0700. Caller identities will remain confidential upon request. The department is currently offering a reward up to $4,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individuals involved in this violation. Callers may also contact the Game and Fish Kingman office at (928) 692-7700.

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