The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking the public for help in finding the person who, between Saturday and Sunday, illegally killed and left a bull elk near Klepzig Mill in Shannon County. A local deer hunter found and reported the animal’s location to MDC.
Shannon County Conservation Agent Brad Hadley reportedly found the adult bull elk shot and left near Klepzig Mill in Shannon County over the opening weekend of Missouri’s firearms deer season. Klepzig Mill is about 12 miles northeast of Winona off of H Highway. The entire animal was left in the field and the carcass was transported to MDC’s Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center in Columbia for necropsy, officials said.
Missouri’s Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the poacher or poachers who shot the elk.
“Poaching is stealing valued wildlife resources from all Missourians, and must be stopped,” said OGT Board Chair Jim Kent. “We are offering this reward with the intent of finding those responsible and holding them accountable.”
Conservation agents are asking that anyone with information related to this incident call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-392-1111. Callers may remain anonymous.
“Local conservation agents and our MDC canine teams are thoroughly investigating this poaching incident,” said MDC Protection Branch Chief Randy Doman. “The significant OGT reward monies have been donated by the public and reflect how much Missourians care about conservation and the laws designed to protect our native wildlife.”