A pair of vehicles from the Portland area may be key to figuring out whomever illegally slaying a 3×3 bull elk near Nehalem just before Thanksgiving.
Oregon State Police Trooper Clint Galusha believes that four Hispanic male adults associated with a dark blue full-sized Hummer and a newer model gray or silver Ford three-quarter ton crew cab pickup were involved in killing and wasting the animal off of Lost Creek Road.
It was found near the bottom of a clearcut.
Though the incident occurred during the second Coast rifle elk season, the hunt in that area was only open for spike bulls.
OSP was unable to salvage any meat from the carcass.
The Oregon Hunter’s Association in is offering a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.
Anyone with information on the case is being urged to call the OSP Turn in Poacher (TIP) line at 1-800-452-7888 or Galusha at (503) 815-3314.
November saw several other elk-poaching incidents on the North Coast, including the deaths of three near the Clatsop and Columbia County line and three more along the Trask River as well as the shooting of a spike in the Wilson River drainage.