Local elk poachers nabbed by WDFW in separate incidents

This elk was illegally killed with a rifle during archery season.

NASELLE - Here's another one that didn't get away. We don't mean the five-by-five bull elk shown in this photo. We mean the poachers.

An investigative effort by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers turned up two elk along with three local adult males and three juveniles who allegedly illegally killed the animals or assisted with the crime.

One of the elk was taken in July, when no elk season was open.

The second animal, depicted here, was killed during the archery season at night with the aid of a rifle and an artificial light. The suspects tried to make it appear as if the elk was legally taken by applying an archery tag to the antlers.

Numerous charges are anticipated to be filed in Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.

According to WDFW Officer Dan Chadwick, although the opportunity to harvest this bull legally by a legitimate sportsman had been stolen, the thieves did not get away.

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