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DNR looking for tips after bull elk poached in northern lower Michigan

Posted: 12:31 PM, Nov 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-19 13:23:40-05
Bull elk poached Otsego County

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for tips after a bull elk was poached in northern lower Michigan.

According to the DNR, it happened in the Pigeon River State Forest, east of Vanderbilt, in Otsego County.

Concerned citizens found a large, bull elk carcass near Ford Lake Rd. and called conservation officers. They believe the elk was killed on Saturday or Sunday.

The elk's antlers included six points on one side and seven on the other.

"We are currently following up on leads,” said Lt. Jim Gorno. “We hope that the public can help us with this investigation, as they have always been helpful in the past. This is flat out poaching. A majestic elk was killed for no reason and left to rot.”

Anyone with information regarding this poaching incident can contact the DNR Customer Service Center in Gaylord at 989-732-3541 or call or text the 24-hour Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800