A cow elk was found shot to death and left to waste near Stanley and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information about the incident.

The dead animal was found Oct. 22 on the ridge between Joe’s Gulch and Kelly Creek, just north of Lower Stanley, according to Mike Demick with Fish and Game.

It appears the elk was shot from the road and no attempt was made to field dress or take any meat from the animal, Demick said.

“Someone may have mistakenly thought they were aiming and shooting at a bull elk,” said Kyle Christiansen, Fish and Game conservation officer. “Mistakes happen, but no attempt was made to report the mistake, as cell phone coverage is only a few miles away.”

Christiansen collected evidence and is seeking additional information from the public. “Someone knows who shot and left this cow elk to waste, and we would like to visit with them,” he said.

People with information about the incident may contact Christiansen at 208-851-1957, the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999 or the Salmon Fish and Game office at 208-756-2271. Callers may remain anonymous and people who provide information that leads to charges being filed are eligible for rewards, Demick said.

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