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The young male elk was found unable to stand on private property outside Yamhill.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public's help as it investigates a case in which an elk was paralyzed and apparently left to die by a poacher outside Yamhill.

State officials say that the Oregon State Police was contacted Oct. 29 by a member of the public who reported seeing a young male elk unable to use its hind legs. The elk was found on private property at the end of Dodson Road, northwest of the city of Yamhill, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Troopers "humanely dispatched" the elk upon arrival and prepared to donate the meat to households in need, in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the agency said. Meat cutters dividing up the parts of the animal reportedly found a bullet.

"The young elk had been shot through the spine and, in a cruel twist, left to suffer," the Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement about the case on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says there were no open bull elk hunting sessions at the time, although the hunting of cow elk was permitted.

State officials are treating the incident as an illegal poaching case and asking for any information the public can provide.

Anyone with information can report to the Turn In Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-452-7888 or text *OSP (*677) from a mobile phone, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reference case number #SP21306128.


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