The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating the poaching of a bull elk on Sunday.

Officials believe the elk was shot from a vehicle north of Route 66 near Rain Valley Road on the east side of Flagstaff near Picture Canyon.

There was no regulated elk hunting in the area at the time.

“We are hoping residents in the area remember seeing a vehicle or hearing a gunshot near sundown on Dec. 3 and can provide vehicle or suspect descriptions,” said Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Colby Walton. “We believe someone knows about this poaching and we would like them to come forward with information.”

A reward of $1,500 is being offered for anyone with information that leads to the arrest of those responsible.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline toll-free at (800) 352-0700 or use the online form at www.azgfd.gov/ogt. Callers should provide case number 17-004775 and may remain anonymous upon request, and all identities will be kept confidential.

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