Hunter unlawfully shoots cow elk, reward offered for info

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A reward is being offered for information that helps identify a hunter who unlawfully shot a cow elk with an arrow near Coos Bay.

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division says a local resident saw a bow hunter in the area, then saw a herd of elk run out of a private pasture next to the road. A wounded cow elk remained behind.

When the resident tried to contact the hunter again, the hunter drove off in a navy blue GMC Yukon or similar sport utility vehicle with Oregon plates.

A trooper responded and tracked the wounded elk about 300 yards but couldn't find it.

Although bow-hunting season for elk ran until Sunday, officials say it's unlawful to shoot a cow elk in that area. In addition, the hunter unlawfully shot the elk on private property without permission.

The hunter was described as a white male in his early 20's, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown, curly hair.

The Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poachers program is offering a reward of up to $500 dollars for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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