The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of a bull elk at Silvies Valley Ranch in Harney County.
Silvies Valley Ranch is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case, and the Oregon Hunters Association Turn In Poachers fund is offering a $500 reward.
On the morning of Sept. 23, OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were notified of a dead bull elk on the ranch property. The deceased bull elk was discovered by a ranch employee near the southwest corner of the ranch, near Buffalo Reservoir. A trooper responded to the ranch and discovered the bull appeared to have been shot with a high-powered rifle during archery season. The bull was left to waste and was possibly shot one or two days prior to being discovered.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper Dean Trent through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-589-2547.