Bruce Macdonald felt “sick to the stomach” when he came across a slaughtered elk while out fishing with his son in the Klanawa Valley a week ago.
It was a female and “they took the two front quarters off of it and left the rest of it laying there,” he said. “It was pretty disgusting.”
It’s not the first time this year poached elk have been found in the region. In 2013, 11 poached elk were found slaughtered in the Klanawa Valley and around Franklin River and Flora Lake. At the time, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council offered a $25,000 reward to help find those reposnsible.
‘It’s ugly, it’s another ugly incident that’s been happening far too often,” said McDonald.
Speaking on behalf of the Conservation Officer Service, David Karn said that they were investigating the incident.
“The protection of Roosevelt elk is of primary concern,” he said.
The News was still waiting to speak with a conservation officer at press time.
Anyone with information can call the Report All Poachers and Polluters Tip Line at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).