Help Find These Poachers!

State and federal law enforcement officials are looking to the public for help in tracking down poachers who killed a Roosevelt elk inside the Redwood National Park in northern Humboldt County, the Department of Fish and Game said.

"We have very little to go on," DFG Lt. Nick Albert said in September after wardens and federal park rangers investigated the site of elk remains found on Skunk Cabbage Road, about two miles northwest of Orick. That same day, an elk gut pile was found on B Line Road about 15 miles north of Orick.

Persons with information about the poaching are being asked to call Albert at 707-445-6491 or the Park Service at 707-464-6101. They also may call the DFG's secret witness hotline at 1-888-334-2258.

Fish and Game believes the elk was killed late on a Sunday evening or early Monday morning. Rangers found two hind legs, blood, elk hair and brain tissue in the middle of the road.

Wardens said it appeared the elk was dragged up an embankment onto the road after it was shot — probably pulled by the poachers' vehicle. Tire tracks indicated the vehicle may have been a compact pickup with a short turning radius.

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