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Cash reward offered in elk poaching case

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Enforcement officers for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are offering a $9,000 reward for information leading to an arrest after five elk in a canyon near Ellensburg were gunned down last month. 

The four yearlings and a full-grown cow were discovered by two hunters just north of town near Schnebly Canyon on November 6th. 

The animals were killed illegally, violating the area hunting rules. 

WDFW Enforcement Captain Bob Weaver believes the cash reward will improve the department's chances of catching those responsible for the poaching. 

"This is one of the worst poaching cases I've ever seen," Weaver said. "The reward money provides a big incentive for people to come forward and tell us what they know about it." 

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation pledged $5,000, the Northwest Chapter of Safari Club international offered $1,000, and the Conservation Northwest volunteered $3,000 to create the $9,000 reward. 

WDFW says person or persons responsible for the killings could be charged with a Class C felony and face up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. 

If you have any information regarding the case, please call WDFW's Poaching Hotline at (877) 933-9847. 

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