Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Idaho Fish and Game are asking for your help tracking down the person responsible for poaching an elk in our area.
A cow elk was killed on or around October 10th, in the Tuana Gulch area near Bliss.
"The elk season in the area where it was killed was not open. The meat was partially taken, some was left, but some was taken,” said Gary Hompland, Idaho Fish and Game.
The deer season was open, so officials believe it may have been a case of mistaken identity.
"We suspect it may have been possibly and elk mistaken for a deer or either that or somebody actually knew what they were getting," said Hompland.
Accident or not, a closed season violation carries hefty penalties.
"There's a minimum penalty of I believe it's $500 for the elk as a fine, there's a civil penalty, which is the value of that elk to the people of Idaho," said Hompland.
Violators also lose their hunting license for at least one year and up to three years and that could also be coupled with jail time.
Idaho is part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact along with thirty–eight other states, which means your hunting privileges will be suspended in those states as well.
Over the last decade, local citizens have reported close to 800 violations each year.
"Probably close to 200 or 300 big game violations during the fall," said Hompland.
Many of those go unsolved unless citizens come forward with information.
The CAP program, or Citizens Against Poaching, is a way for people to report wildlife crimes anonymously.
In the case of the poached elk there is a reward being offered.
Call 1-800-632-5999 if you have any information.