Reward offered in suspected Kingman poaching case

A $1,350 reward is being offered for information about the possible poaching of a bull elk in Kingman.

A bull elk head with the skull plate cut off was found this week near the intersection of Stockton Hill Road and Northern Avenue. Officers estimate the skull had been there about a week.

"Right now there's little information available, but someone may have seen or heard something that can lead us to an answer," said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman.

Mocarski said that it's possible the elk was killed legally during one of several open elk seasons, but that the manner in which the remains were dumped makes the find suspicious.

"If it was taken legally, a call to the Region 3 office in Kingman would be appreciated," Mocarski said. "All calls regarding a potential criminal case, however, should go through Operation Game Thief."

Anyone with information regarding the elk, or any wildlife violation, should call the Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700.

Web submissions can be reported via the Internet by going to www.azgfd.gov/thief.

Identities will remain confidential. Anyone calling should reference case number 12-001642.