Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Elk Poaching Investigation

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has opened a case into hunters poaching elk in Southwest Virginia. The agency reported that one elk was killed in the Guest River area of Wise County near Norton and the other poaching incident happened in the Warfork community of Buchanan County in November.
The elk were part of a state project in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to restore the species. The group released dozens of elk near Breaks Interstate Park five years ago and current estimates have placed nearly 200 of the animals in the region.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a conservation organization animal charity rated four out of four stars by Charity Navigator that was founded in the United States in 1984 by four hunters. It's mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.  Promoting the sound management of wild free-ranging elk that may otherwise be hunted. They foster cooperation with federal, state, tribal and private organizations and individuals as well as educating their members and the public about habitat conservation, the value of hunting, hunting ethics and wildlife management.
Since it's creation it has helped to conserve more than 6.7 million acres of habitat and to restore long absent elk populations, with herds being reestablished in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ontario, Tennessee, Missouri, Wisconsin and Virginia.
A reward is being offered for information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Tips can be made by calling the Virginia Wildlife Crimeline at 1-800-237-5712 or email
Callers may remain anonymous but should leave their name and contact information when reporting.

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