Conservation officers look for poaching info

Conservation Officers are asking for any information on a pair of elk that appear to have been poached outside of Cranbrook.

This was one of two elk poached back in mid-July near Cranbrook. Conservation Officers are hoping someone will come forward with information linked to this incident.

This was one of two elk poached back in mid-July near Cranbrook. Conservation Officers are hoping someone will come forward with information linked to this incident.

Conservation Officers are asking if anyone has any information regarding a pair of elk that appear to have been poached outside of Cranbrook. The two cow elk were shot about a month ago.

“The incident day would be in and around July 15 of this year,” explained Jared Connatty, Conservation Officer. “These two cow elk, that were shot with a rifle, were found very close together in the Moyie Lake – Cutting Creek area.”

Connatty said that half of the meat was removed from one of the animals, but the other was left intact. The elk were both shot once.

Connatty said there was likely a side-by-side or UTV used in the commission of the poaching, based on tracks that were found onsite.

Connatty said things like this are peculiar.

“It does happen just not often — only a few isolated incidents in the year,” he said. “It all depends, intent can vary from who is involved. It could be a joy shooting scenario, or it could be someone looking for sustenance, you don’t know. At the end of the day it’s a violation that has occurred, unless they can prove otherwise.”

If you have any information that may be related to this, then please call the RAPP line 1-877-952-7277.