Three elk were recently poached in the Cowichan Valley.
According to the B.C. Conservation Officers Service (BCCOS), three Roosevelt elk were killed in the Lake Cowichan area.
BCCOS says one elk was left to waste and the two others had “minimal amounts” of meat harvested from them.
“This is a senseless crime against our wildlife resources,” they said in a recent post on Facebook.
Roosevelt elk are considered threatened species as there are only about 3,200 of them left in British Columbia, according to the University of Victoria, with an estimated 3,000 living on Vancouver Island.
Poaching involving elk is not uncommon on the Island, particularly in the Cowichan Valley.
Earlier this year, the BCCOS reported more than 15 elk had been poached in the Cowichan Valley area, mostly throughout Lake Cowichan and Youbou.
BCCOS encourages residents who witness poaching, have information about poaching, or discover illegally killed animals to contact the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277.