Uniquely antlered bull elk poached in Idaho

Pictured above is the uniquely antlered elk that was illegally killed. Photo Credit: Idaho Fish and Game

A bull elk was illegally shot and left to waste in Southeast Idaho last month. The bull, which had an unusual set of antlers – one side with a club-shaped drop tine – was last seen alive by a motorist on the morning of Feb. 12 in Dry Hollow in Montpelier Canyon, according to the Idaho State Journal.

Later that afternoon, the motorist returned only to find human footprints “leading to where the bull had been standing.” The driver followed the footprints to the dead elk with its antlers and ivories removed.

Now, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is asking for help nabbing whoever is responsible for poaching this unique animal.

These antlers are so unique that IDFG is hopeful someone will spot the poacher displaying them or trying to sell them. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Southeast Region Fish and Game office at 208-232-4703 or the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999.


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