Game Wardens Seek Help in Elk Slaying

Game wardens are seeking information about a bull elk that was poached and left to rot near the Pierson Ranch in Lincoln County in late August. Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a $2,000 reward to help catch the shooter.

The landowner where the crime was committed had a trail camera near the crime scene by happenstance, capturing a fleeting glimpse of two perpetrators riding an ATV during the commission of the crime. Because of the trail camera, game wardens know the exact time of the shooting, which took place in the early morning hours of August 29. With such clear evidence and time of the crime, game wardens hope that someone can help identify who committed the crime.

"We know there’s a witness out there who can tell us who did this," said Tyler Turnipseed, chief game warden with NDOW. "We have some strong evidence and leads, but we need a little more help to piece it all together so we can catch these guys."

In addition to shooting the animal at night, those involved left most of the meat to waste, compounding this senseless crime. Between shooting the animal and leaving the meat to waste there is at least one felony crime and several misdemeanors.

You can hear the officer talk about the case in detail on a podcast on www.nevadawild.org that will be release on Friday. Follow Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed on Twitter for updates on the case @Chief_GW_NV.

As is often the case, OGT has stepped up to offer a reward in hopes of generating tips to solve the case. Big game poaching in Nevada is a felony crime. To report wildlife crime, sportsmen and members of the public can call OGT at (800) 992-3030. To learn more about game wardens and wildlife in Nevada visit NDOW on the web at www.ndow.org.

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