https://www.rmef.org/elk-network/nine-men-charged-with-poaching-elk-in-washington/

An alleged poaching case in Washington is no longer on the books.

In a June 12, 2020, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) news release reported its officers referred charges to the Whitman County Prosecutor’s office on nine men from the St. John and Colfax area for the alleged illegal take of at least three elk on October 5, 2019.

Only some of the men were charged. Subsequent action resulted in one individual being found not guilty at trial and the charges against the others were dismissed.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation seeks to increase the visibility of poaching incidents in an effort to reduce poaching nationwide.

(Photo source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

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Below is a news release from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

On June 11th, 2020, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Police officers referred charges to the Whitman County Prosecutor’s office on nine men from the St. John and Colfax area for their roles in the illegal take of at least three elk on October 5th, 2019.

An investigation by WDFW Police officers, along with a Whitman County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, shows that the men illegally used vehicles to chase, corral, and prevent the escape of a large herd of elk near Endicott-St. John Road and Mulkey Road, before they shot multiple elk with muzzleloaders from the road and out of their vehicles.

WDFW officers had received multiple complaints over the past several years about this group of hunters for similar incidents, however the “hunts” usually took place behind locked gates on private property, so the officers were unsuccessful in pursuing these tips. In this case, two witnesses saw the event and contacted WDFW Police while the elk were still on the ground. As a result of the investigation, three vehicles were seized for forfeiture, along with three poached elk.

For 2020, Remington partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to increase the visibility of poaching incidents in an effort to reduce poaching nationwide.

(Photo source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

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