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DNR investigates two illegal elk killings in Monroe, Jackson counties

Mitch Reynolds

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The Wisconsin DNR is investigating two illegal elk shootings in Monroe and Jackson Counties that have occurred so far during the 9-day gun deer season.

An adult bull elk was shot and killed after being misidentified by a man who was deer hunting near Warrens on Saturday, November 17. The hunter shot the elk and reported it himself after realizing he mistook the elk for a deer.

The elk was seized and confiscated. all the meat will be salvaged and donated to the Jackson County Food Pantry.

The second elk, an adult cow, was shot in the Jackson County Forest on Monday morning, November 19. Wardens are still looking for a suspect in that case.

Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call the confidential tip line at 1-800-TIP-WDNR (1-800-847-9367).

Conservation Warden Lieutenant Robin Barnhardt said: “Hunters need to make sure they are always following the four rules of firearm safety. This ensures the safety of other people, but it is also necessary to avoid the accidental shooting of non-target animals. In addition, hunters that are within or near the Black River and Clam Elk ranges need to be aware that they may encounter an elk.”

Hunters can find a map of the two established elk ranges in Wisconsin here. However, the DNR acknowledges elk can occasionally be found outside of the designated elk ranges.

The agency recommends hunters near the elk areas keep an eye out and properly identify their target before shooting.