FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public's help as they search for the person who killed a spike bull elk on the Coconino National Forest and left it to waste.
Officials said elk were not in season when the poaching occurred Nov. 9 near the Blue Ridge Estates subdivision off Highway 87 at milepost 305.5.
Game and Fish Wildlife Manager Garrett Fabian said officers discovered the entire animal left to waste and very limited evidence at the scene.
"This elk was poached and left to waste when it could have been salvaged and the meat donated to a local food bank or shelter," Fabian said. "We have little information or evidence to go on, but someone out there knows what happened on Nov. 9. We need them to come forward with information to make this case."
A reward may be available for information leading to the arrest of the violator(s).
Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Operation Game Thief Hotline toll free at 1-800-352-0700 or use the online form at www.azgfd.gov/thief. Callers should provide case number 13-003075 when calling.