TWRA: Reward offered for finding poachers responsible for elk death

     A $4,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction of the person(s) responsible for an elk poached in Claiborne County, according to a spokesperson with TWRA.  

     The Pine Mountain Long Beards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of the elk.

     Around noon on Friday, a local hunter reported that he found a 5×5 bull elk shot in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in the Valley Creek area. The elk was found dead in an old coal mine road when TWRA personnel arrived on the scene.

      The TWRA should be connected for this or any other suspected poaching incidents that have been witnessed.  The carcass was taken to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine where a necropsy confirmed the animal had been shot and a bullet was recovered, an announcement stated.