Friday, November 8, 2013

F&G investigates elk incidents

Bull poached in East Fork drainage

Express Staff Writer

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information related to an elk poaching incident that occurred 4.5 miles up East Fork Road on or about Wednesday, Oct. 30.
    According to a news release from the department, the bull elk’s head was removed and the rest was left to rot. Idaho law prohibits wasting a killed big-game animal.
    Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Jerome Regional Fish and Game office at (208) 324-4359.
    In a another case, Conservation Officer Clark Shackelford said the department will not file any charges related to the shooting of two elk near Hulen Meadows subdivision north of Ketchum on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Shackelford said a bull was legally killed on public land by a hunter with a bull elk tag. He said there was no evidence to tie the killing of a cow elk nearby to that hunter and it’s unclear who shot it.
    The incident angered some Hulen Meadows residents. One of them, Jima Rice, said the bull was lying no more than 20 feet from Sage Road, which leads up into the subdivision, and the cow’s hooves were actually over the road.
“This herd kind of lives here,” she said. “We feel like they’re our resident elk.”
Blaine County ordinance prohibits shooting within 150 yards of a house. Sheriff Gene Ramsey said his office would seek charges if the Department of Fish and Game’s investigation indicates that that was the case. Even if the shooting was legal, Ramsey said, the hunter showed poor judgment in choosing the location of his hunt.
    “When people are up here hunting and enjoying the area, they should be respectful of the people in the subdivisions of this county,” he said.

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