SAMS VALLEY — Fish and Wildlife officers are hoping the lure of a $500 reward will lead to the capture of whoever shot and left for dead a bull elk Saturday morning in a Sams Valley field off Agate Road.
Oregon State Police said a witness in the area reported seeing a newer white full-sized truck stop in the road adjacent to the field about 7 a.m. and the vehicle's passenger fired a shot before the truck fled the area.
OSP was called two hours later with a report of a wounded elk in the field, the agency reported. When an OSP trooper reached the scene, the bull was still standing, but it succumbed to its injury shortly after, said an OSP news release.
The field was about a mile south of Agate Road's junction with Highway 234.
The meat was salvaged and donated to charity, Fish and Wildlife Division Sgt. Jim Collom said.
The $500 is the standard reward offered in an elk-poaching case through the Turn In Poachers, or TIP, program funded by the Oregon Hunters Association and run in conjunction with the OSP's Fish and Wildlife Division.
Anyone with information about the case can call the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or the OSP dispatch center at 541-776-6111. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still receive a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers in Oregon.