Virginia game authorities seek elk poachers

Stephen Igo • Dec 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM

NORTON — The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries is asking for the public’s help to resolve two cases of elk poaching, one in Wise County and the other in Buchanan County.

The agency reports that during the week of Nov. 19-24, two mature bull elk were slain by poachers. One was killed in the Guest River section of Wise County near Norton, the other shot in the Warfork area of Buchanan County.

The VDGIF, along with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Southwest Virginia Sportsmen’s Association, is working to restore the elk population in historical ranges in Virginia. The agency said poaching is a “critical threat” to the restoration effort.

The Virginia Conservation Police requests anyone having information concerning the poaching of these animals to contact the Virginia Wildlife Crime Line at (800) 237-5712 or email WildCrime@dgif.virginia.gov.

There is the possibility of a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the elk poachers.