COs search for elk poachers

If you have information about an illegal elk that was shot in the Ratnip Lake area, northeast of Chute Lake, on Sept. 11, conservation officers would appreciate a call.

Conservation officer Ed Seitz said they have information that a 3x4 point bull elk was shot in the afternoon or evening of Sunday, Sept. 11, and only six point or larger were in season at the time.

Several persons are of interest in the investigation, including two young males who were in the area and glassing the bull when it was shot. Their vehicle was seen.They were driving a light-coloured late model Ford F250.

“We really hope they will come forward and give us some more information,” said Seitz.

Conservation officers would also like to hear from the person who had game cameras set up in the area and has photos of people packing meat out from that area in the early hours of the morning of Sept. 12.

As well, anyone who saw an older model, probably late 1990s, silver or gray Dodge pickup with dual wheels and with a distinctive heavy white bumper, go into that area about that time, Sept. 11 or 12, is asked to contact the CO service.

It’s an unusual vehicle, noted Seitz.

The area can be accessed off the old Kettle Valley Railway route between Kelowna and Chute Lake.

Anyone with information that may help in this investigation is asked to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters line toll-free at 1-877-952-7277 and ask for Terry Myroniuk or Ed Seitz.


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