BUFFALO, WY— The Wyoming Game and Fish Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect or suspects in the recent poaching of a bull elk in the Sheridan Region.

On Aug. 30, 2019, Access Yes Coordinator Troy Tobiasson responded to a report of a dead elk a few hundred yards off the Upper Powder River Road, approximately 13 miles north of the Interstate 90 Powder River Rest Area.

The bull was located on private property and had been shot with only the head removed, likely on Aug. 29.  The remainder of the carcass was left to rot. The location of the poaching is in Elk Hunt Area 129, which did not open for hunting until Sept. 1.

“Not only was this person hunting three days before the legal season, but they also wasted the animal’s meat and trespassed on private property to commit this crime,” said Tobiasson. “Everything about this killing was illegal and unethical. We really hope someone comes forward with a tip that will help us solve this case.”

If anyone has information about this poaching incident, please contact Tobiasson at 307-684-2489, Buffalo Game Warden Jim Seeman at 307-684-5223 or call the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Tips can also be reported online by visiting the Game and Fish website at or by texting keyword WGFD and the message to 847-411.

Anyone reporting a tip can remain anonymous. Individuals submitting information leading to a conviction can be eligible for a monetary reward of up to $5,000 through the Wyoming Wildlife Protector’s Association.

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