Conservation Service seeks information on elk hunting

Information is sought on the shooting and wasting of a bull and elk near Lake Haslam on the main Giavanno Industrial Road northeast of Powell River.

According to a news release, on October 7, Conservation Officer Leyland Klassen received a report of two dead elk that were left to rot. The Conservation Officer Service’s subsequent presence and investigation revealed that the two elk were culled between Oct. 6 and Oct. 7, based on the amount of decomposition observed on the culled animals, the statement said.

Both animals died in a ditch less than a meter from the road and no effort was made to remove the meat from the male elk, and only three quarters were removed from the female elk, according to Klassen. He said that due to the proximity to the road the animals could not have been missed.

The statement said this area is regularly frequented by hunters and other recreational users. It is very likely that someone was in this area and may have noticed something unusual or may have had a trail camera that may have captured something, the statement said. Any information can be significant.

The public is urged to report any information about this or any other poaching activity to the Poacher and Polluter Report Line at 1.877.952.7277. The BC Wildlife Federation is offering up to $2,000 in cash for information leading to convictions of people who violate laws protecting fish, wildlife or environmental resources, the statement said. People providing information can remain anonymous and still be eligible for the reward, according to the statement.

For hunting wildlife in the closed season and wasting edible meat, the fine for those found guilty can be up to $10,000, the press release said.

The loss of two elk in this manner is a significant and disappointing event in the Powell River area, according to Klassen.

Carol N. Valencia