Idaho Fish and Game
The shooting of a big bull has IDFG asking for help. Investigators are seeking information about a camo shirt.
As of Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Nearly all of a large bull elk shot and tagged on opening day in Unit 14 was left to rot off Slate Creek in what Idaho Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer called an unusual case.
“It’s unusual in that after the elk was tagged and the hind quarters were cut off, whoever shot it walked away, probably to find some help getting it out of the hole it was in, then came back and removed the tag and a backstrap and left the rest to rot,” Fischer said. “It was a real nice bull, but they left the antlers and everything else. So that’s unusual. They left kind of an unusual T-shirt, and there’s evidence they finished it off with a pistol.”
An IDFG news release noted witnesses reported hearing the bull shot. Fischer said they heard shooting at about noon on Oct. 10 east of the headwaters of Hurley Creek in a very steep, remote part of the Slate Creek drainage. The large 5-point elk was gutted and evidence shows initially tagged. It appears the violator returned only to retrieve his tag abandoning the bull to rot. The news release noted clues, including a shirt that has a unique camo pattern, as well as evidence the suspect was carrying a pistol.
“If anyone recognizes the camo pattern on the suspect T- shirt left at the scene, it could be vital in solving the case,” Fischer said.
Those who have information can remain anonymous by contacting the Citizens Against Poaching hotline, 1-800-632-5999. Or, contact the Clearwater Region office, 208-799-5010.