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Statesman Journal

January 24, 2004

You could get a reward of up to $1,000 for information that could help Oregon State Police crack an elk-poaching case at the coast.

Two elk were shot and left to rot sometime around New Year’s Eve in southern Lincoln County, according to Doug Canfield, a senior trooper with the Oregon State Police Fish and Game Enforcement Division.

“We want to say they probably were killed the last week of December or the first week of January,” he said.

The specific location was north and east of Seal Rock near South Low Road in the South Beaver Creek drainage.

“There are houses close by, and it’s behind locked gates, so we suspect it’s a local,” Canfield said.

Bullets recovered from the elk, both cows, indicate that the weapon used was a rifle, he added.

Because of freezing weather around the time of the poaching incident, both animals were fairly well-preserved for evidence collection, Canfield said.

Estimates were that both animals had been dead about a week, and there was no attempt to get any meat from them.

A reward of $1,000 is being offered for people with information in the case.

Money comes from an anti-poaching fund sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association, optic-maker Leupold-Stevens and Oregon State Police.

Tips can be called in to Canfield at (541) 265-5354.

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