The reward for turning in the Ellensburg elk massacrer(s) more than doubled today with a major contribution from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
The Missoula-based conservation organization chipped in $5,000, bringing the total offer for the Nov. 6 shooting and wastage of four calves and one cow elk in Schnebly Canyon just northeast of this Central Washington county seat to $9,000.
“This is one of the worst poaching cases I’ve ever seen, and the reward money provides a big incentive for people to come forward and tell us what they know about it,” said WDFW Capt. Bob Weaver in Yakima in a press release.
His agency is also offering 10 special permit points.
He and investigating officers have been mum about the case in recent weeks, and given the coverage and outrage, it’s surprising that apparently nobody has come forward with actionable tips, but the added reward during the Christmas season could shake something loose.
Safari Club International’s Northwest Chapter offered the initial $1,000, and that was quickly followed by $3,000 from Conservation Northwest.
Anyone with information on the case is being asked to call WDFW’s Poaching Hotline, (877) 933-9847, file a report through the agency’s website, or text tips to WDFWTIP Report and send them to 847411.
According to WDFW, those responsible for the shooting could be hit with a Class C felony, which is punishable by as many as five years in jail and $10,000. Civil penalties could also be in play.