Posted: Oct 5, 2012 2:49 PM
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - An elk was poached in Yellowstone National Park, now park officials are asking for the public‘s help.
Park rangers determined the bull was shot sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 21 inside the park's southern boundary behind the Wyoming Fish and Game patrol cabin along Thorofare Creek, according to a news release.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lake Ranger station at 307-344-2403, or call the Tip Line at 307-344-2132. In some cases a cash reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone illegally using firearms in the park or illegally killing or transporting wildlife in the park.
Hunting is not permitted within the park.
The Lacey Act and the Code of Federal Regulations strictly prohibit the killing or removal of any animal from inside Yellowstone. This includes animals shot legally outside the park that cross into and die within the park boundary. Taking and removing any animal parts, including shed antlers, is also prohibited.