Roosevelt elk

No suspects in elk poaching incident

Animals were found shot and stripped of their hides and flesh in Sandcut Creek area

Nearly two weeks after the illegal poaching of two pregnant elk at Sandcut Creek near Jordan River, conservation officers are still searching for suspects.

The animals, who were part of a small group of Roosevelt elk living in the area for the past couple of years, were found shot and stripped of their hides and flesh a week apart.

Conservation officer Peter Pauwels, who found both elk, said the public expressed many concern over the incident, but no tips have come in yet.

Under the circumstances, chances are the case will never be solved.

“It’s really tough to solve these types of incidents because they likely happened at night and there’s probably not that many people who have any knowledge to share with us,” Pauwels said.

No further activity has been seen in the area, though Pauwels said the small group of elk disappeared from the area following the shootings.

“They may have moved off somewhere else, or scattered, we don’t really know, but we’re hoping they’ll make it through this.”

Pauwels said the chances of the same thing happening in that area is less likely, as many locals who live out there or travel through are now watching more closely.

“Even if we don’t catch anybody, at least we get them to stop coming back.”

The forestry company in the area is also going to keep its gates locked, as it will deter people from driving up there at night, Pauwels said.

“It’s always going to be someone with a vehicle, and usually more than one person. It’s a big job to process one of those animals,” he said.

“If they can get past the gates, it’s easy, because they know they’re not going to run into anybody.”

The incident came as a major blow to local elk populations, which been making a slow comeback in the past 30 years after getting hunted nearly to extinction a century ago.

If anyone can provide any helpful information but wish to remain anonymous, they can call 1-877-952-7277.

 

news@sookenewsmirror.com

 

 

Just Posted

Langford could soon be seeing its first retail cannabis store

Clarity Cannabis BC Ltd. gets province’s approval

OUR VIEW: Search and rescue organization needs to be examined

No organization should be immune to scrutiny

Emerging Sooke filmmaker takes spotlight with special award

Mary Galloway creates her own opportunities

Greater Victoria is a tough market, even for former homeowners

Seniors often squeezed out of the housing market due to limited income

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

Most Read