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Bull elk remains found on side of road, IDFG reports antlers removed with hatchet or axe

SAINT CHARLES, Idaho (KIFI/KIKDK) - Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking for information about bull elk remains discovered on January 6 up Saint Charles Canyon near Saint Charles, Idaho, in Bear Lake County.

According to IDFG, all edible portions of meat had been taken from the animal, and the antlers had been removed with what appeared to be a hatchet or axe. The bull was dumped off the side of the road at the Cache National Forest boundary, approximately 100 yards from a US Forest Service entrance sign.

Officials said based on evidence at the site, there appeared to be significant shooting activity after the bull elk was dumped.

The bull elk was killed during an antlerless only muzzleloader elk hunt officials said.

Bull elk with antlers shorter than 6 inches may be harvested legally in antlerless elk hunts, but based on the size of the elk carcass, it is possible the bull’s antlers exceeded those measurements IDFG reports.

Idaho Fish and Game is seeking information that will help answer questions about this case.

If you have any information, contact Conservation Officer Cameron Sena in Montpelier at 1-208-576-9067.  

You can also contact the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999.  

Your call may remain anonymous, and those with information leading to an arrest are eligible for rewards. 

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