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Game commission has suspects in illegal elk killing

Arrests could be made soon

By: WJAC Web Staff

BENEZETTE, Pa. -- An official with the Pennsylvania Game Commission said officers have been following leads and have identified possible suspects in relation to the illegal shooting of a bull elk in October of last year.

Game Commission Officer Doty McDowell told the Bradford Era newspaper that public tips have identified the same people believed to be responsible for shooting the 700-pound animal in mid-October.

The shooting likely happened at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 15. The five-by-five point elk was found shot in the legs in the Winslow Hill area of Benezette Township. Officers had to put the animal down.

Poaching charges are possible because the animal was shot after dark, McDowell said.

Regardless of the degree of the charges, the shooters could face up to three years in prison, a $15,000 fine, and paying $5,000 to replace the elk.

McDowell said charges were expected to be filed soon.

A reward of more than $3,500 was offered by the Elk Country Alliance and local businesses for leads resulting to an arrest and prosecution in the elk shooting.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times