Poached elk, rifle seized

Poached elk, rifle seized

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife agents seized a poached elk last week when they decided the suspects’ story about how the animal ended up in their vehicle, didn’t add up.

Investigators say they received a call regarding a possible elk poaching on the Wind River Highway in southwest Washington last week.

When the agents made contact, the individuals claimed that the young cow elk ran into the side of their truck and they dispatched it to avoid wasting the meat. However, investigators say the suspect’s vehicle had no signs of a collision with an elk.

A WDFW Biologist performed a necropsy and found no broken bones, large scale bruising, or other signs that one would expect to see in an elk struck by a vehicle.

A rifle and the elk were seized. Charges on the case will be referred to the Prosecutor.