Tennessee’s conservation, hunting, and wildlife groups are coming together in order to unmask the poaching of a state elk in Claiborne County. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is matching the original reward, raising the total to $5,000 for information, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
The original reward is courtesy of The Pine Mountain Long Beards chapter of the NWTF and the Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association. Both are East Tennessee outdoors associations, and take the matter of poaching a rare Tennessee elk very seriously.
The elk, missing its head and partially rotting, came to light in Claiborne County on December 31, 2020. Now, a week on, the state still has little to go off of. TWRA officers do, however, believe the poaching took place within a few days of when it was found.
Moreover, the organization’s press release states that “multiple parts of the elk had been removed from the scene. This includes the head, leading them to believe it was likely an antlered bull.”
In addition, a TWRA spokesperson adds that the agency is receiving calls in regards to the elk poaching. A positive identity of the poacher, though, unfortunately still eludes them.
$5,000 Reward Raised from Original $2,500 Offering
In our original report on the Tennessee elk poaching, Outsider‘s Josh Lanier clarifies that “A local hunter found the remains of an elk carcass Tennessee officials say was illegally harvested. There is now a $2,500 reward for information that can lead investigators to whoever is responsible.”
As stated, that reward is now doubling to an impressive $5,000.
There have been a number of similar cases across the country this year, as well.
Colorado wildlife officials are offering a $1,000 reward to any citizens who can help ID their moose poacher, as well.