State is asking public’s help to find killer of elk calf

Missouri Elk Calf Elk calves keep their white spots for six to eight weeks after birth. This elk calf is not the one that was poached but was around the same age as the one that was poached.

EMINENCE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking the public for any information about who shot and killed an elk calf in Shannon County.

The calf was born in July in Shannon County and was fitted with a radio collar. It was found shot in the head near a road a few weeks after its birth.

Ozark Regional Protection Supervisor Gerald Smith said this is the second known elk poaching incident in the region. The first was a mature bull that was killed in December 2015. The poachers removed the bull’s antlers with a chain saw and left it otherwise untouched in the woods.

Anyone with information that could help with this investigation can call the Operation Game Thief (OGT) hotline at 1-800-392-1111.


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