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Unlawful Elk Shooting Near Coos Bay
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for help from the public in locating the person or persons responsible for the unlawful shooting of a cow elk with an arrow on September 21st near Coos Bay. A reward is offered through the Oregon Hunter’s Association Turn-In-Poachers program to help solve this case.
On September 21st, at about 6pm, a resident had contact with a bow hunter on Coos Sumner Lane. Shortly after that contact, the resident saw a herd of elk run out of a private pasture next to the road, with an injured cow elk remaining on scene that had been hit with an arrow. When the resident tried to re-contact the bow hunter near the injured elk, the bow hunter left the scene in a navy blue SUV with an unknown Oregon license plate. The suspect is described as a white male, early 20’s, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown curly hair and possibly brown eyes. The suspect is a smoker and was wearing camouflage, similar to a military-style digital camouflage pattern.
Although wounded, an OSP trooper tracked the elk about 300 yards but was not found. OSP reports that even though it was bow season in the area through September 22nd, it was unlawful to shoot a cow elk during the current season. Additionally, the suspect unlawfully shot the elk on private property, without permission.
A reward of up to $500 dollars is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poachers reward program for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIP line at 800-442-2068 or Senior Trooper Harris at 541-888-2677 ext 245.