Reward offered for poaching of elk in northeast Tennessee

January 5, 2022 GMT

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. (AP) — Wildlife officials are offering a $4,000 reward for information about the poaching of an elk that was shot to death in northeast Tennessee.

A hunter reported finding a dead bull elk on Dec. 31 in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in Claiborne County, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a news release Tuesday.

The elk was found on an old coal mine road, officials said. A necropsy showed the elk had been shot and a bullet was recovered, officials said.

The Pine Mountain Long Beards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have offered a $4,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whomever is responsible for the illegal killing.

The TWRA’s poaching hotline can be reached at at (800) 831-1174. Caller information will remain anonymous, the wildlife agency said.