ATLANTA, Mich. (AP) — Conservation officers are reporting the second illegal killing of an elk within a week in northern Michigan.
The Department of Natural Resources is seeking tips from the public about the poaching of a bull elk in Montmorency County, north of Atlanta.
A deer hunter contacted the DNR’s Report All Poaching hotline (800-292-7800) after finding the carcass.
Officers say the elk was killed by a single gunshot. They say a hunter may have mistaken the animal for a deer.
Earlier this week, the DNR reported the poaching of another mature elk in Otsego County.
Lt. James Gorno says information from the public helped pinpoint a suspect in that case.
Elk are out of season in Michigan. The next elk hunting period for certain management units will run from Dec. 14-22.