Large Reward Offered After Elk in Shannon County Shot Dead

(Shannon County) The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking the public for help in finding who illegally killed and left a bull elk near Klepzig Mill in Shannon County last weekend.

A local deer hunter found and reported the animal’s location to the MDC. Shannon County Conservation Agent Brad Hadley found the adult bull elk shot and left over the opening weekend of Missouri’s firearms deer season.

The entire animal was left in the field.

The carcass was transported to the MDC’s Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center in Columbia for a necropsy.

Missouri’s Operation Game Thief is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the poacher or poachers that shot the elk.

Anyone with information related to this incident can call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-392-1111.

Callers may remain anonymous.