Elk NetworkFive Washington Cow Elk Killed by Poachers

General | January 27, 2023

Below is a Facebook post by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police. For 2023, Fiocchi partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to increase the visibility of poaching incidents and try to reduce poaching nationwide.

Fish and Wildlife Police Officers are seeking information into the poaching of five cow elk shot and left to waste in Grays Harbor County, South of Cosmopolis in an area known locally as the Ray Anderson. Forestry contractors working in the area first noticed one dead elk in a clearcut Thursday, January 12th, and reported it to an Officer.

Upon investigation, four additional cow elk were found within close proximity of each other and were determined to have been shot with a high-power rifle. Officers believe this spree killing occurred sometime between Tuesday, January 10th, and Thursday, January 12th.

“Make no mistake, the person or persons responsible for this poaching are not hunters. They are criminals and we will do everything we can to hold them accountable,” said Sgt. Brian Alexander of WDFW Police.

If you have any information regarding this poaching case, you could be eligible for a cash reward or hunting bonus points.

To report any information on this incident:

Call 360-902-2936 and select Option 1, OR submit a report online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/enforcement/report OR send an email to reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov.

(Photo credit: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police)