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Officials seek tips in 2nd recent Michigan elk poaching case

Associated Press

Atlanta, Mich. – Conservation officers are reporting the second illegal killing of an elk within a week in northern Michigan.

Conservation officers are seeking tips about a poached elk in Otsego County, Michigan. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking tips from the public about the poaching of a bull elk in Montmorency County, north of Atlanta.

A deer hunter contacted the DNR’s Report All Poaching hotline (800-292-7800) after finding the carcass.

Officers say the elk was killed by a single gunshot. They say a hunter may have mistaken the animal for a deer.

Earlier this week, the DNR reported the poaching of another mature elk in Otsego County.

Lt. James Gorno says information from the public helped pinpoint a suspect in that case.

Elk are out of season in Michigan. The next elk hunting period for certain management units will run from Dec. 14-22.