The BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) is searching for the suspects – or suspects – who illegally shot two prized elk on northern Vancouver Island.
According to a social media post made by the BCCOS, the two Roosevelt elk were found near Woss, located 75 kilometres southeast of Port McNeill and found along Highway 19.
The partially butchered remains of the two Roosevelt elk were found by officers this past week and a message to the public was posted on their social channels on Monday.
Two Roosevelt Elk were unlawfully shot in #Woss on #VancouverIsland. The elk also did not have all of the edible portions of meat removed. Conservation Officers are investigating – if you have any info, please call the #RAPP line #BCCOS pic.twitter.com/21uZp0q7td
— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) April 6, 2020
“The elk also did not have all of the edible portions of meat removed,” read a tweet from the BCCOS.
Only about 32-hundred Roosevelt elk remain in B.C. – most of them living here on Vancouver Island – and conservation officers say the animals are listed as a species of special concern.
The shooting in Woss comes just one week after BC Officers put out a request for help about three elk who had been shot in the Lake Cowichan area during the few weeks prior.
An investigation is currently ongoing surrounding the Roosevelt elks. If you have any information regarding this incident, the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service is asking you to call them at the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277.
With files to Canadian Press