Estacada Elk Shooter Sought

(OREGON STATE POLICE PRESS RELEASE)

Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for illegally shooting and leaving an elk wounded east of Estacada over the weekend.

According to OSP Sergeant Chris Allori, on March 13, 2010 at approximately 5:45 p.m. OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers Ken Moore and Matthew Fromme responded to a report of an injured elk along Squaw Mountain Road about two miles north of Highway 224.    When they arrived at the scene they found the shot elk alive, lying on the ground and unable to get up.

The troopers had to kill the elk at the scene.  They transported the elk to Shy Ann Meats in Oregon City for processing and subsequent donation to the Portland Rescue Mission.  The donated elk meat is estimated at over 300 pounds.

No suspect(s) have been identified.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Turn In Poacher (TIP) line at (800) 452-7888 or Senior Trooper Ken Moore at (503) 731-3020 ext. 423.

The Oregon Hunter’s Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

UPDATE MARCH 18, 2010: THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE U.S. AND THE HUMANE SOCIETY WILDLIFE LAND TRUST HAVE ADDED $2,500 TO THE REWARD OFFER.

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