The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is asking for the public’s help in solving a recent poaching case in Campbell County, southeast of Gillette.
According to a WGFD press release, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, a concerned hunter reported that a mature bull elk had been killed on Campbell County Walk-In Area #6, with only the head and a small amount of meat removed. The remainder of the carcass was left to waste.
Game Wardens John Davis of Moorcroft and Levi Wood of south Gillette investigated the report and believe the elk was shot between Oct. 4 – 7.
“Because this is such a popular walk-in area, we are hoping someone using this area in the past few days may have seen someone with the elk or have some information that will help with this case,” said Davis.
It’s suspected that the person who killed the elk parked at the east parking lot before entering the walk-in area. In addition to hunting traffic in the area, Bishop Road is also a heavily traveled county road.
Wood said anyone who thinks they may have information that could assist in the investigation is urged to call the STOP POACHING hotline at (877) WGFD-TIP or (877) 943-3847. Tips can also be reported online.
Elk season is currently open for Hunt Area 129, which is where Walk-In Area #6 is located.
Comprised of four individual parcels, the walk-in area is just over 1,500 acres. Walk-in access is open from Aug. 15 through May 20. All vehicles must park in designated parking areas.